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Hillary to meet Krishna today; Hafiz Saeed on the agenda

Dailybhaskar.com   |  May 08, 2012, 10:24AM IST

New Delhi: Visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to a breakfast meet with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Tuesday. 

On the third and final day of Clinton's visit to India, Krishna is likely to seek clarity from US on the Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed and the Iran isuue. 

Hillary on Monday said that US would push Pakistan to secure the conviction of Hafiz Saeed, alleged to be behind the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, adding that Islamabad has not done as much as the US and India wanted it to do to fight terrorism.

She also said they were putting pressure on Pakistan to curb terrorist activities in that country.

Hillary is expected to bring up India's failure to meet the civil nuclear deal deadline. The FDI issue will also be on the agenda. 

While, India will seek clarity from US on the bounty on Hafiz Saeed and the Iran isuue. 

In her meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday the US Secretary discussed key strategic issues, including civil-nuclear cooperation, terrorism, situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Iran and security. Clinton also briefed Manmohan Singh on her recent China visit.

The US Secretary of State also conveyed her country's expectations on the opening of FDI in retail sector as well as a new set of economic reforms by Indian government. Both sides also talked about Iran and all aspects of Tehran's engagement with the international community including India.

The US has been urging India and other countries to slash oil imports from Iran to step up pressure on Tehran to comply with international demands over its nuclear programme, with Clinton earlier in the day asking New Delhi to do even more on this front. Singh and Clinton also talked about the situation in Afghanistan and the ways to sustain development and stability in the war-torn country after the withdrawal of Western troops by 2014.

Clinton, who had started her three-nation Asia trip with a visit to China to attend US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, briefed Singh about her "perceptions" of that country, sources said. Asked if the issue of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed was also discussed, sources said all aspects of terrorism were discussed but refused to divulge specifics of the deliberations.

The two sides also talked about their respective ties with Pakistan. While India's ties with Pakistan are on an upward trajectory, US-Pak relations have been under strain for nearly an year and half.

(With PTI inputs)


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