On Tuesday India and US started their second strategic talk to increase counter-terror cooperation and speed up the implementation of their landmark civil nuclear deal.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton, reached the capital on Monday night heading a 25-member delegation of US officials. The external affairs minister SM Krishna together chaired the talks at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
The main issue which scored high on discussion between Hillary Clinton and her counterpart S M Krishna was the July 13 bomb blasts held in Mumbai.
In his opening remarks at the Indo-US strategic dialogue Krishna talked about the terror attack, in which 19 people have been killed. He also appreciated the compassion that was shown by her and the US government towards India.
Though there were no mention of Pakistan in Clinton’s opening statement, but she did state that Washington and New Delhi have a common challenge in confronting the threat of militant violence.
"We are allies in the fight against violent extremist networks. And homeland security is a high priority and a source of increasing partnership," Clinton said.
"The events in Mumbai have driven home how important it is that we get results," she said.
The two sides are expected to discuss an entire array of issues, which includes strategic cooperation, counter-terrorism, energy and climate change, education, science and technology, health and defence, officials said.
Sources said that India and the US will possibly sign key pacts in the area of cyber security and civil aviation after the discussion.
Before heading to Chennai, She will call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and will meet the Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
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