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Boucher meets Saran, Jaishankar

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Apr 7 (UNI) India and the US today held discussions on the current consideration of India-US nuclear deal in the US Congress and reviewed progress in other important areas of cooperation between the two countries as a follow-up to the visit of President George Bush to India in March.

US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, currently on a two-day visit to India, held talks on Indo-US bilateral relations with Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and Dr S Jaishankar, Joint Secretary (Americas) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

There was also an exchange on regional issues over lunch with other senior officials of the Ministry, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman said.

The visit by the US official comes close on the heels of Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran's tour of the US where he held talks with several top officials of the US administration including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns.

Both of them assured Mr Saran of Bush administration's commitment to the Indo-US nuclear deal.

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