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US security advisor meets PM, top officials

delhi Updated: Jun 27, 2009 01:34 IST
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The US National Security Advisor (NSA) General James L. Jones held talks with top Indian officials on Friday with the two sides discussing issues concerning national and regional security, counter-terrorism and the post-election situation in Iran.

Jones, on the second day of his two-day visit, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister A K Antony, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and National Security Advisor M K Narayanan
His visit is the latest in a series of visits in the build-up to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip next month.

“I enjoyed a very productive visit to India,” Jones said. “President (Barack) Obama views the US-India relationship to be of foremost importance in advancing our common interests. In addition to broadening our partnership on a variety of global and bilateral issues, we will work together closely on regional security matters.”

“The visit provided an opportunity for both sides to review the current state and future growth of the India-US partnership. General James Jones conveyed President Obama’s commitment to expanding bilateral relations in all areas, and the importance attached by the US administration in working with India in shaping events in the 21st century at the regional and global level,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office said.