New Delhi, June 8 (IBNS): Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna, will co-chair with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the third India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue on June 13 in Washington DC.
Krishna and Secretary Clinton had announced the Strategic Dialogue on July 2009 in New Delhi. Secretary Clinton hosted the first Strategic Dialogue on June 2010 in Washington DC. The second Strategic Dialogue was held on July 2011 in New Delhi.
The Strategic Dialogue is the principal platform to bring the different strands of the broad-based and diverse agenda of bilateral engagement and pursue the vision of India-U.S. Global Strategic Partnership, outlined by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama.
The External Affairs Minister will be accompanied by Minister for Science and Technology Vilasrao Deshmukh, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Prime Ministerís Public Information Infrastructure and Innovation Advisor Sam Pitroda, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath, Minister of State for Planning, S&T and Earth Sciences Ashwini Kumar, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, Home Secretary R.K.Singh, Director of Intelligence Bureau Nehchal Sandhu, Secretary for Higher Education Ashok Thakur and other senior officials.
Secretary Clinton will be joined by her ministerial colleagues and senior officials.
External Affairs Minister will also deliver the key note address at the Annual Summit of the U.S.-India Business Council on June 12 in Washington DC.
There will be several dialogues on the margins of and preceding the Strategic Dialogue. Indian Minister for Human Resource Development, IT and Telecommunication Kapil Sibal, will chair the Higher Education Dialogue with Secretary Clinton on June 12.
The Indian Minister for Science and Technology will co-chair the Joint Science and Technology Commission Meeting with U.S. President Obamaís Advisor on Science and Technology, John Holdren.
The Indian Minister for Health and Family Welfare will co-convene with Secretary Clinton and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), a call to maternal and child care action on June 14-15 in Washington, D.C.
A number of sub-dialogues have been scheduled on the margins of this Strategic Dialogue, including the Global Issues Forum, Homeland Security Consultations, Strategic Intelligence Dialogue, the Counterterrorism Joint Working Group, Cyber Consultations, Information and Communications Technology Working Group, the Womenís Empowerment Dialogue, Dialogue on Health Cooperation and other events.
The External Affairs Minister will have a restricted meeting with Secretary Clinton on June 13 before they chair the Plenary Session, which will have discussions on themes of strategic, defence, homeland security, counter-terrorism and Intelligence
The economy, energy, climate, science and technology, health, higher education and empowerment, regional strategies and linkages will also be part of the discussion.