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2011 Press Releases

Official visit of Deputy Secretary William Burns to New Delhi

New Delhi | December 12, 2011


Deputy Secretary Burns concluded December 12 a day of meetings with Indian government officials in New Delhi.  The Deputy Secretary met with Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.  In his meetings, the Deputy Secretary and his Indian interlocutors reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-India partnership.

The Deputy Secretary stressed, in particular, the importance of continuing the implementation of the U.S.-India civil-nuclear deal and leveling the playing field for foreign and domestic companies wishing to compete in India's civil-nuclear market.

With Foreign Secretary Mathai and External Affairs Minister Krishna, the Deputy Secretary reviewed developments in South Asia, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region.  The two sides welcomed the growth in bilateral trade and expressed their support for continued efforts to deepen defense and economic cooperation, which remain essential to the strategic partnership.  Minister Krishna said he looked forward to visiting Washington for the next round of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in 2012.

For the text of Deputy Secretary Burns’s remarks at a press availability in New Delhi on December 12, 2011, please visit -- http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/sr121311.html