India and the US on Friday discussed their growing strategic ties when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rang up External Affairs Minister SM Krishna and congratulated him on assuming the office.
The two also discussed the forthcoming visit of US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns, likely early next month.
Burns will be the first high-level US official to visit India after the Manmohan Singh government took charge this week following the victory of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance in the elections.
The two also discussed possibilities of taking their strategic cooperation to a new level, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said in New Delhi.
Burns is expected to meet Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and discuss a host of issues, including the situation in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region, the Mumbai terrorist attacks and non-proliferation.
Burns' trip to Delhi will also set the stage for Hillary Clinton's first visit to India, likely in July, after she became secretary of state early this year.
Krishna, who took charge of the ministry last this week, also got a congratulatory call from his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner.