Hillary Clinton will meet Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday

Hillary Clinton will meet Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday

Kolkata : India | May 06, 2012 at 11:03 PM PDT
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May 7 Kolkata: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is due to meet the chief minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee during the first leg of her visit to India. According to senior officials of the US administration, discussions over India-Bangladesh ties and trade ought to come up in the discussions as West Bengal will be the main beneficiary of strong India-Bangladesh ties.

According to the Reports, Ms Clinton is likely to raise the issue of Ms Banerjee’s opposition to foreign direct investment in multi-brand retail trade during their meeting on Monday. On the day She arrived, Ms Clinton met representatives of NGOs working for prevention of human trafficking in Calcutta, and saw a dance performance by former victims of sex trafficking. She then spoke to some victims of trafficking, seeking to know the ordeal they had undergone and offered them words of comfort. She thanked them by saying their performance was “mesmerising”.

On Tuesday Ms Clinton is expected to hold talks with PM Manmohan Singh in the Indian capital, Delhi. The relationship between the two countries are under strain recently due to India’s import of Iranian oil. India has been facing pressure to reduce its imports of Iranian oil amid nuclear sanctions against Tehran. US and its western partners have been targeting Iran’s oil exports to try to force it to stop its nuclear programme.

The Teesta Water Treaty, is also expected to come up during the talks. The treaty was was proposed to be signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s trip to Dhaka last year. But the signing was scrapped following Banerjee’s last minute opposition to the quantum of water to be shared with Bangladesh.

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liyaroy is based in New Delhi, Delhi, India, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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