Krishna, Clinton discuss Indo-Pak, Egypt

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Lalit K Jha

Washington, Feb 14 (PTI) External Affairs Minister S MKrishna gave his perspective on the recent high-level Indo-Paktalks to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and also discussedhow India''s deep democratic tradition and expertise could behelpful in bringing democracy to Egypt.

In a telephonic conversation, "the External Ministergave his perspective on the recent high-level dialogue withPakistan," State Department spokesman P J Crowley told PTI.

Following the recent talks between the ForeignSecretaries of India and Pakistan in Bhutan, the two countrieshave agreed to resume their talks on all issues. The ForeignMinister of Pakistan is scheduled to visit New Delhi in July.

The Obama Administration has welcomed the decision.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs last week had hopedthat the resumption of talks between India and Pakistan wouldlead to a productive outcome.

Crowley said Krishna and Clinton also discussed Egyptand how India could be helpful to bring democracy in the Arabnation where longtime President Hosni Mubarak was recentlyousted in a popular uprising.

The two leaders also discussed how India, with itsstrong democratic tradition and expertise, could be helpful toEgypt which has now embarked on the path of democracyfollowing the resignation of Mubarak, who ruled the countryfor more than 30 years.

"India has a deep democratic tradition and expertisethat may be helpful depending on what Egypt decides its needsare," Crowley said.

Krishna also Clinton also discussed the issue ofTri-Valley University students, the spokesman said.

"Tri-Valley was discussed and we will continue towork together regarding a solution," Crowley said.

In a statement, the Indian Embassy here said Krishna,in his conversation with Clinton raised the plight of theIndian students who were registered with the dubiousTri-Valley University and sought her personal intervention inthe matter with a view to ensuring that the interests of thestudents are protected and their future is not jeopardised.

Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar had earlier raised theissue with the Director of ICE emphasising that innocentstudents should not suffer and had been assured that the USauthorities would handle this with good judgment.

The problem had also been raised with the StateDepartment and the Department of Homeland Security.

In response to these efforts ICE had put up guidelineson January 28 and February 8 for the Tri-Valley students ontheir website http://www.ice.gov/sevis/tri-valley-110118.htm.

The affected students have been advised to call theStudent Exchange Visitors Programme (SEVP) and provide theirspecific details.

The website also indicates that SEVP will provideoptions to the students, including the option to depart fromthe US without an otherwise possibly applicable bar tore-admission in the future.

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