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Trade, defence, security on talks table as Kerry arrives today
KV Prasad
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 22
United States Secretary of State John Kerry would arrive here on Sunday for the fourth India-US Strategic Dialogue that would have components of bilateral trade, defence and security cooperation, energy and higher education.

Kerry, who is on a whirlwind multi-nation tour, would be flying in from Qatar. Before coming to India, Kerry will meet US Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbin in Oman. The US State Department has clearly said there was no timeline for a potential dialogue with Taliban.

The US dignitary will meet External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and review progress in bilateral relations besides exchanging views on regional and international issues.

Briefing about the contours of the Strategic Dialogue, Joint Secretary (Americas) Vikram Doraiswami said: "We will look at having a detailed conversation on various thematic pillars. One would be bilateral relations which will cover the matter of economy, security aspects of our relations. It would also cover energy. "The other would be the detailed political consultations that we have with the US on regional and other issues. The third major pillar would be global issues...including the evolution of regional architecture in Asia. That is the broad format in which we would have these discussions," Doraiswami said.

India will also put across its viewpoint on the H1B and L category visas that has raised concerns among the Indian industry, especially the IT sector.

India-US strategic dialogue

The US dignitary will meet External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and review progress in bilateral relations besides exchanging views on regional and international issues

India will also put across its viewpoint on the H1B and L category visas that has raised concerns among the Indian industry, especially the IT sector.

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