The US secretary of state Hillary Clinton arrived in the Capital on Monday on a farewell visit, high on symbolism to a strategic partner, and she is expected to reiterate the stated US position on a host of issues.
Clinton who came to India on her way back from trip to China and Bangladesh, met with PM Manmohan Singh at his Race Course residence before meeting with Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
After her Kolkata trip and meeting chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Clinton will hold discussions with external affairs minister SM Krishna on Tuesday. The meeting between Krishna and Clinton takes place ahead of the Indo-US dialogue stated for June 13 in Washington.
The secretary of state is expected to reiterate a host of stated position of the US on a variety of issues, from India reducing the oil imports from Iran to Indian nuclear liability law not giving a level-playing filed to the US nuclear firms.
The meeting between Krishna and Clinton takes place ahead of the India-US strategic dialogue stated for June 13 in Washington.
Among the regional issues to be dominated in the discussions include Iran and Myanmar. Reflective of the fine balance New Delhi tries to maintain on the Iran issue, Clinton's trip coincides with the visit of a 56-member trade delegation from Tehran. The US has been urging India to cut down its dependence on Iran for oil.
The US has imposed sanctions on the Iran for its nuclear programme, and India maintains that unlike the sanctions from the UN, it is not bound by the sanctions by the individual countries.