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Hillary Clinton in Delhi

May 08, 2012
11:45 (IST)
May 08, 2012
11:30 (IST)
Highlights of Hillary Clinton and SM Krishna press conference;

What S M Krishna said:
  • Secretary Clinton and I reviewed entire gamut of bilateral relations.  We expressed satisfaction with progress in relationship and are optimistic aobut the furture.
  • Emerging global trends reinforced shared conviction in importance of this relationship for future of our two countries and the shape of the world
  • We have extraordinary frequency and depth in our engagement and dialogue
  • I conveyed our concerns about IT companies and protectionist sentiments in US
  • On cooperation over nuclear civil deal:  Assured her of India's commitment to providing level playing field to all US companies within framework of national law and international obligations
  • We discussed that Iran has rights as member of NPT (non-proliferation treaty) but must also abide by its obligations as non-nuclear weapon state under the NPT
  • On Iran's nuclear program:  India subscribes to and regularly implements UN security council resolutions. This issue is not a source of discord between our two countries.
  • Afghanistan is at a crucial juncture. The most important signal that the international community has to give is a strong commitment to Afghanistan for it to be become economically viable and capable of defeating terrorism. We remain supportive of any reconciliation efforts that are fundamentally acceptable to us.
What Hillary Clinton said;
  • Always a pleasure to be back in Delhi and to reaffirm what President Obama has called one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century
  • Focused on preparing for strategic dialogue in June
  • We have to continue expanding trade and investment between our countries
  • I believe there is much more potential
  • We should work towards having one of the world's largest trade partnerships
  • Need to open our markets to greater trade and investments
  • Our landmark civil nuclear agreement - Mr Krishna assured of level playing field for US companies
  • We need to deepen our security cooperation
  • We also look to India as partner in broad international effort to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons
  • Need to stay united and to keep pressure on Iran-it has brought Iran back to negotiating table
  • Welcome the progress India is making to reduce oil purchased from Iran
  • Need to convince people not be recruited into terrorism, (which is) very much a dead end literally and figuratively when it comes to pursuing any kind of political or ideological aims.  In democracies like ours, people should be in the marketplace of ideas.
  • Terrorist groups that still operate out of Pak  -we are committed to going after those who pursue direct threats to US, Afghanistan and our allies in Afghanistan
  • 10 million award for info that leads to arrest of Hafiz Saaed shows our commitment
  • We look to govt of Pak to do more - needs to make sure its territory is not used as launching pad for terrorism including attacks within Pak
  • Hafiz Saeed bounty proves our solidarity with India
  • India has been strong partner in persuading Iran to live upto its obligations
  • Iran to demonstrate in June  unequivocally the peaceful intent of its nuclear programme
  • Commend India for the steps its refineries are taking to reduce imports from Iran

May 08, 2012
10:17 (IST)
Hillary Clinton met Foreign Affairs Minister SM Krishna today.
May 07, 2012
23:40 (IST)
Clarify FDI was not discussed, says Mamata govt to US
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's much-hyped visit to Kolkata today ended with the Americans stating that the issue of US investments in retail sector had come up during her meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, something that she and her government denied.
May 07, 2012
21:15 (IST)
All-South Indian breakfast for Hillary in Delhi
The fare will comprise Rawa Upma with cashew nuts and fresh coriander, Medu Wadai and Podi with ghee for tomorrow's breakfast for US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna.
May 07, 2012
21:10 (IST)
Hillary Clinton meets UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi
May 07, 2012
19:42 (IST)

JUST IN: Hillary Clinton arrives at 10 Janpath for meet with Sonia Gandhi

May 07, 2012
18:06 (IST)
Hillary Clinton is meeting PM Manmohan Singh at his residence in New Delhi

May 07, 2012
16:35 (IST)
Hillary Clinton arrives in New Delhi
May 07, 2012
15:41 (IST)
US to treat Bengal as partner state for investment: Mamata
The US has agreed to treat West Bengal as a partner state for investment in the changed political situation, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here today.
May 07, 2012
15:17 (IST)
After meeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has landed in Delhi. She is expected to talk to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
May 07, 2012
13:22 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee: Told Hillary Clinton that Bengal can be developed into a new IT hub. We have many potential areas like tourism where we can allow PPP (Public Private Partnership), IT sector, manufacturing sector etc; we spoke about these areas.
May 07, 2012
13:17 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee: We are part of the world, we will allow FDI where we need investment. We did not discuss any strategic issue. They did not raise Teesta, FDI.
May 07, 2012
13:15 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee: We discussed our burning issues like Darjeeling and JungleMahal which are now settled, so that is a good situation... We discussed everything in details - it was an one hour meeting. I will be happy if we work together.
May 07, 2012
13:13 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee: They said they will give full support for business development, they will invest...
May 07, 2012
13:12 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee: We are small people, nuclear liability etc will not be discussed with us...
May 07, 2012
13:12 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee: Teesta was not discussed at all.
May 07, 2012
13:11 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee: I told her Shah Rukh Khan has become the brand ambassador ... So there is great scope of interaction between Hollywood, Bollywood and Tollywood and promoting the entertainment industry...
May 07, 2012
13:10 (IST)
Hillary has promised investment in Bengal, says Mamata after meeting
Mamata Banerjee said Hillary Clinton praised her "passion for work" and promised investment for West Bengal at the meeting.
May 07, 2012
13:08 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee: We have invited President Barack Obama to Kolkata.
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