US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will kickstart her much anticipated visit to India from Mumbai. Clinton, the highest-ranking American official to visit the country since Barack Obama took charge, will be in India on July 17 for a five-day visit.
In what could be a reaffirmation of the US’s support to India in its fight against terrorism, Clinton will stay at the Taj Mahal Hotel, which was one of the places targeted by terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.
Clinton will fly into Mumbai in a special military aircraft. According to the final itinerary — subject to last minute changes — prepared by US officials in consultation with their Indian counterparts, Clinton and her delegation of top US officials will land in Mumbai at around 9 pm.
After her arrival, Clinton, who last visited India as the US first lady when husband Bill Clinton was the president, will sign the 26/11 memorial guest book at the Taj.
On Saturday, July 18, she will attend a commemoration event at the Taj Executive Office followed by a meeting with business leaders hosted by Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata group. The group owns the hotel.
Clinton’s next stop will be an event organised by the Self Employed Women’s Association, followed by lunch at Kebab Stand.
At 3.30 pm, Clinton will be at St Xavier’s College and will leave for a special event that will also be attended by film star Aamir Khan.
She arrives in Delhi on Sunday post noon. At 1.30 pm, she is scheduled to attend a Delhi climate change event at ITC Green Building. In the Capital too, Clinton will stay at Hotel Taj.
She’ll also attend an agriculture event at Pusa institute in central Delhi.
Political business will be handled on July 19. The day, however, will begin with a visit to Delhi University.
From there, Clinton will leave for Hyderabad House for talks with Indian officials.
Later in the day, she will call on Leader of Opposition L K Advani, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (in that order).
She concludes her visit, which could see India allotting two sites for nuclear parks to American companies to build nuclear reactors, on Tuesday.