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India-US Third Strategic Dialogue Next Week

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External Affairs Minister S M Krishna would lead a high powered Indian delegation to the US next week for the third India-US Strategic Dialogue that would focus on human development and enhancing people to people relationship, officials here said.

Krishna, who will arrive here on June 11 on a four-day visit, will co-chair the dialogue with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

While the Strategic Dialogue in itself is scheduled for June 13, a series of high-level official and non-official meetings have been scheduled for next week, officials said.

They, however, remained tight-lipped on what would be the outcome of this annual top-level talks between the two countries which by all accounts would be the last one with Clinton as the Secretary of State.

At the Strategic Dialogue, Krishna would be accompanied by Science and Technology Minister Vilasrao Desmukh, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister of State for Women & Child Development Krishna Tirath, and Minister of State Ashwin Kumar.

Also accompanying Krishna will be deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and Advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Information Infrastructure & Innovations Sam Pitroda, who is also the Chairman of National Innovation Council.

On June 12, Clinton would co-chair with the Indian Human Resources Development Minister, Kapil Sibal, a day-long Higher Education Dialogue which is a follow-on to last fall's Higher Education Summit.