Clinton and PM talk Iran,investment

Clinton shared her perception of the consequences of Iran going nuclear

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 8, 2012 3:42:24 am

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed the “dual approach” of sanctions against Iran and engagement with its government during a 30-minute meeting this evening. Clinton did not raise the issue of cutting oil imports from Iran,Indian government sources said.

The US has been urging India and other countries to cut oil imports in order to pressure Tehran to comply with international demands over its nuclear programme. Speaking in Kolkata earlier in the day,Clinton had asked New Delhi to do more on this front.

Clinton,who arrived in the capital in the evening and met Singh at his Race Course Road residence,shared her perception of the consequences of Iran going nuclear. In the context of the “dual approach”,she spoke about the P5+1 talks in Istanbul last month,and the group’s upcoming meeting with Iranian representatives in Baghdad.

Sources said they did not rule out the possibility of Clinton raising the issue of cutting oil purchases from Iran during her meeting with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna tomorrow.

Clinton also discussed investment opportunities in India with Singh,and the PM,sources said,was positive about US investments in infrastructure. The sources,however,declined to confirm whether FDI in retail was specifically discussed.

Clinton expressed the US intention to proceed with agreements on the civilian nuclear cooperation,and discussed issues pertaining to the nuclear liability law. Singh and Clinton also talked about the situation in Afghanistan,and discussed ways to sustain development and stability in the war-torn country after the withdrawal of Western troops in 2014,sources said.

Clinton,who began her three-nation Asia trip with a visit to China to attend the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue,briefed Singh about her “perceptions” of that country,sources said.

Counter-terrorism was discussed,sources said,but declined to divulge specifics of the deliberations. There was no confirmation on whether Hafiz Saeed was specifically discussed,though Pakistan was the theme of the conversation in the context of combating terrorism,sources said.

They also discussed defence relations between the two countries and how it could be strengthened,despite New Delhi choosing a French bidder for the MMRCA deal.

Earlier in the day,Clinton met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Later in the evening,she met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

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