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Clinton's visit will set up framework of bilateral engagement

Ahead of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit, India on Tuesday said her trip will establish the framework of bilateral engagement and priorities in the coming years.

world Updated: Jul 14, 2009 14:55 IST

Ahead of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit, India on Tuesday said her trip will establish the framework of bilateral engagement and priorities in the coming years.

Addressing the prestigious World Affairs Council in San Diego, California, Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar said that Indo-US relations have undergone a historic transformation over the course of the past decade.

"India considers partnership with the US important for achieving its national development goals," she said.

Shankar said the upcoming visit of Clinton to India will establish the framework of Indo-US engagement and
priorities in the coming years.

She said both US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have reiterated a commitment to continue the process of further strengthening the ties, to build on the impressive progress of recent years to build what the Secretary of State described as the third level of India-US relations.

"From the perspective of India, transformation of her relations with the US has been probably the most significant
feature of its foreign policy over the past decade," she said.