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Ex-US president Clinton to visit India next month

india Updated: Oct 30, 2006 22:47 IST

Bill Clinton's love affair with India continues. The former US president will be in the capital next month once again on a three-day lecture tour, continuing his almost annual visits to India ever since he first came here in March 2000.

Clinton will address the India Leadership Summit in the capital November 29. He will also go to Bangalore and Mumbai to address the world's top leaders in business, politics and society.

Cherie Booth Blair, wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and well-known British attorney and human rights advocate, Craig and Marc Kielburger, founders of Free The Children and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominees, and Azim Jamal, the best-selling author of The Corporate Sufi, will also address the leadership summit.

Clinton, the Democrat president during 1992-2000, first came to India six years ago that started the thaw in India-US relations. This was the first visit by a US president in over two decades.

Since then he came for rehabilitation of Gujarat earthquake victims, as part of his advocacy against AIDS and reconstruction aid for tsunami survivors.

Post-presidency, Clinton, known for his communication skills, has successfully transformed himself into an inspirational speaker and social activist.

After leaving the White House, Clinton established the William J Clinton Foundation, which has focused on four critical areas: health security, with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS; economic empowerment; citizen service; and racial, ethnic and religious reconciliation.

Most recently, Clinton accepted the role of UN Special Envoy for tsunami relief. He visited India last year to launch an AIDS awareness and training programme to fight this global scourge.

Organised by the Power Within Inc, an international multi-media event management company, The India Leadership Summit will bring some of the world's most influential leaders together, who will share personal insights and strategies for excellence in leadership, international business development, human rights, corporate and social responsibility, and personal improvement.

"To provide corporations and individuals with the opportunity to gain knowledge from the greatest leaders of our era and to personally experience someone as inspirational as Bill Clinton is a remarkable undertaking," David Sersta, vice-president, business development, Power Within Inc, said in a statement.

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