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US, India are entering a new, promising era: Hillary

July 18, 2009 12:27 IST

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday asserted that the US was 'entering a new promising era with India'.

She termed her breakfast meeting with the top honchos of India Inc as 'fruitful' while addressing journalists at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai on Saturday. The former First Lady is on a three-day visit to India to hold talks with top leaders in the Indian government.

Clinton also talked about the menace of terrorism. "US will support all efforts by India in its fight against terrorism. We are supportive of any effort the world over to tackle the problem of terrorism," said Clinton.

She reiterated, "We are working together to defeat terrorism," and recalled that "Americans stood in solidarity with India in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks".

Speaking on the recent talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Egypt, Clinton clarified that the US will not put any pressure on India to resume talks with Pakistan.

"It is for India and Pakistan to decide if they want to resume the composite dialogue. We respect the sovereignty of India and Pakistan. US will not pressurise India to resume talks with Pakistan as it is for a sovereign state to decide on it," she said.

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