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Obama to visit India later this year

March 13, 2010

President Barack Obama will visit India later this year though he and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would have a chance to discuss some bilateral issues at next month’s Global Nuclear Security Summit here.

“No, mostly Prime Minister Singh’s visit in April will really be for the Global Nuclear Security Summit. That will be the primary purpose of the visit” in April, Robert O. Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs told Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper.

“I’m sure that he and the President will have a chance to discuss some of our bilateral issues.”

“But, I think the focus in April will be on the nuclear issue,” he said noting Manmohan Singh has “already had a state visit in November, in which we had an opportunity to discuss the wide range of activities between our two governments and our two people.”

In bilateral terms, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will have a meeting with External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna “to hold the next phase of their strategic dialogue, and we expect that to take place sometime in late spring or early summer.”

“And then we expect the President will have the opportunity to visit India sometime later this year, but we don’t yet know exactly when that will be,” Blake said.

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