Hillary Clinton meets Manmohan Singh, Sonia

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New Delhi, Jul 20: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday, Jul 20 and discussed terrorism and to enhance bilateral relations with Pakistan.

Clinton was accompanied by US Ambassador-designate Timothy Roemer. Clinton also met Congress president Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath. Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi and senior party leader Karan Singh were also present.

Clinton will also meet External Affairs Minister SM Krishna. The two sides are expected to sign a series of bilateral agreements after their discussions, including an 'end-use monitoring' agreement to ease the sale of sophisticated US arms to New Delhi.

The top agenda of this evening's meeting is the unveiling of the new strategic dialogue architecture, which will cover areas like non-proliferation, security, education, health and development.

The other highlight is the signing of an agreement to facilitate the launch of US satellites and satellites with US components on Indian launch vehicles.

The new Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA) to be signed will cover launches involving satellites owned by US Government or academic institutions or by third country space agencies and universities which have US equipment on board.

ANI

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