Burns to visit India June 10-13

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, June 8, 2009

United States Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns will arrive here on Wednesday for a four-day visit during which he will hold talks with Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and other senior officials.
Mr Burns will also call on External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, the spokesman for the Ministry said.
"The visit will provide an occasion to review and take forward the India-US partnership and exchange views on matters of mutual interest," he said.
This will be the first high-level visit by a US official to India after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government assumed office for a second consecutive term on May 22.
The visit also comes ahead of a planned visit to India by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July.
Apart from bilateral ties, the talks are certain to cover the recent developments in Pakistan, especially the release by the Lahore High Court of Hafiz Sayeed, the main accused in the November 26, 2008, terror attacks on Mumbai in which about 180 lives were lost. India will use the opportunity to argue that Pakistan is not doing enough to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure on its soil. India has refused to resume the composite dialogue with Pakistan unless it takes concrete steps to eliminate the terrorist infrastructure aimed at India on its territory.
The situation in Sri Lanka, where the army has won the war against the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and decimated its entire leadership, and the developments in Afghanistan are also bound to figure in the talks.