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Menon arrives in US; terrorism to be top on agenda

world Updated: Dec 02, 2008 11:09 IST

Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon has arrived here on two-day visit to the US with a series of scheduled meetings including with officials at the State Department, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns.

Menon's visit to Washington, which began on Monday, was planned and scheduled way ahead of last week's terror attacks on Mumbai which claimed nearly 200 lives, including some American nationals.

Although bilateral issues and areas of cooperation would be the focus of Menon's meetings, the expectation is that he will be discussing in some breadth and width the latest goings on in the terrorism front in the wake of Mumbai attacks.

He is also expected to meet some senior lawmakers in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

A senior official in the Embassy of India confirmed that Menon did in fact have some meetings but was not in a position to say whom the Foreign Secretary had met in the first few hours of his arrival in the Capital City.

Menon is in Washington at a time when the President-elect Barack Obama announced his National Security Team in Chicago that included Senator Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State designate.