India and the US are expected to define the contours of what visiting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described as the “Version 3.0” of India-US relationship when she meets External Affairs Minister S M Krishna in Delhi on Monday evening.
While stressing on continuation of cooperation in defence, counter-terrorism and trade, the two sides are expected to take some new steps in fields of agriculture, education, science and technology and women empowerment.
New Delhi is also expected to allot two sites for nuclear parks to American companies for building nuclear reactors. The sites, which have been selected, are in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh.
The Indian side was hopeful that the visit will take the Indo-US strategic partnership to a new level, a senior external ministry official, who did not wish to be quoted as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said.
Hectic preparatory meetings have gone into laying the groundwork for Clinton’s visit. Clinton is the highest ranking US official to visit India after Barack Obama took over as the president early this year.
Steps taken by Pakistan to bring to book the perpetrators of 26/11 will be reviewed.
New Delhi is also likely to take up with Clinton the US aid to Pakistan. Global economic crisis and climate change are also on the agenda.
Clinton had described “global security, human development, economic activity, science and technology” as the “four platforms of cooperation” that could support the two countries in launching a new phase in their ties which she has termed as version 3.0 of relationship in a speech last month.
A monitoring agreement to improve military-to-military cooperation and allow US businesses to sell sensitive military hardware and technology to India is also on the cards.
“Under the agreement, the US will be able to ensure that armaments it sells to India will be used as intended and the technology not leaked to a third country,” an official said.
The civil nuclear agreement, the official said, was on track. Later this month or in August, the two sides are likely to begin talks on reprocessing uranium. Reprocessed uranium can be used as a fuel in nuclear reactors.
“I think our successes and our futures are intertwined. Obviously, we want India to do well on its own for its own sake, but we also have a stake in that outcome…” Clinton had said.
She said the US wants India to succeed as an anchor for regional and global security. And we want India to succeed so that the world’s two largest democracies can work together as strong partners,” Clinton had said.