On May 7-8, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled to India, making stops in Kolkata and New Delhi. While in India, Secretary Clinton met with state officials and other civil society organization representatives and spoke with Embassy New Delhi staff. She also met with Indian Government officials to review progress in the strategic partnership, looking forward to the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue to be held in Washington, D.C. on June 13 and to be co-chaired by Secretary Clinton and Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna.
In Kolkata, Secretary Clinton held a townterview with NDTV's Barkha Dutt on "We the People". At the townterview, she said, “So here we are in the economic and innovation hub of Eastern India, and I just want to make a few comments before we have a chance for a conversation. I wanted to do this, because certainly for me, the work that I do every single day, the miles that I fly, are about trying to see what all of us together can be doing to bring peace and prosperity to the world, because most of the world's population are young people. That's true in India, but it's true in most places in the East, and particularly in Asia and South and East Asia.
"So it's truly about what you want for your futures. And the relationship between our two great democracies is one that is going to help determine the kind of future that we have. As President Obama told the Indian parliament, the relationship between India and the United States will be one of those defining partnerships of the 21st century. Why? Because we are united by bedrock beliefs about freedom, democracy, pluralism, and opportunity."
In New Delhi, Secretary Clinton delivered remarks with Indian External Affairs Minister Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna. She said, “The United States and India are two great democracies with common values and increasingly convergent interests. In our meetings today, we have worked to focus our agenda and prepare for the Strategic Dialogues in June.
"Let me touch on four key lines of actions we discussed. First, we have to continue expanding trade and investment between our countries… Second, we need to deepen our security cooperation… Third, we have to work to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities in South and Central Asia… Finally, we need to work together to promote a shared vision for the Asia Pacific, especially as we head toward the East Asia Summit in Cambodia this November."
You can read about Secretary Clinton's trip to China, Bangladesh, and India here.