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Virginia Governor cancels India visit

Virginia Governor Timothy M Kaine cancels his scheduled visit to India this month in the wake of the massacre at Virginia Tech University.

world Updated: Apr 21, 2007 08:20 IST

Virginia Governor Timothy M Kaine has cancelled a scheduled visit to India this month in the wake of the massacre at Virginia Tech University that has left 32 people dead.

Kaine announced on Friday that he would not accompany the delegation of Virginia business leaders and economic development officials on a scheduled trade mission to India between April 22 and 28.

He will remain in Richmond to help coordinate the state's response to the tragedy at Virginia Tech.

The trade mission to India comprises of a delegation of more than 100 Virginia business and government leaders and will be led by Secretary of Commerce and Trade Patrick O Gottschalk and Secretary of Technology Aneesh P Chopra.

Events and meetings are scheduled in New Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai.

"As we grieve for those we lost and work to support others, there have been many outpourings of support from people all over the globe.

"In fact, the Tech tragedy claimed the lives of a student and a professor with direct family ties to India, and a portion of this trip included discussions about a Tech programme based in India," Governor Kaine said in a statement.

"As we begin the healing process, I feel that my place is here with the citizens of our Commonwealth, and I deeply regret that I am unable to travel to India for this trade mission," he added.

First Published: Apr 21, 2007 08:17 IST