US Energy Secretary to visit India next month

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Washington, Feb 20: US Energy Secretary Ernest J Moniz will travel to India in March to revive the bilateral energy dialogue postponed last month due to diplomatic dispute between the two countries.

Moniz, who is expected to meet Indian officials on March 10 and 11, had put off the trip last month in view of the strained relations between the two countries over the arrest of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York on alleged visa fraud charges.

"I'll be going to India, in fact, in about two weeks," Moniz told journalists. The Energy Secretary is expected to have talks on wide range of energy issues in particular those related to export of US shale gas to India, new and renewable sources of energy like solar and wind.

This would be the first visit of a US Cabinet Minister after the Devyani episode. A delegation of top US officials is expected to visit India for working group meetings on March 5.

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