The State Department will host the third annual session of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna will co-chair inter-agency delegations to discuss a broad range of bilateral issues, reflecting the breadth and depth of the strong partnership between the world's oldest and the world's largest democracies.
Topics for discussion will include bilateral and regional economic engagement, public health, innovation, regional security and defense, agriculture, and women's empowerment.
"High-level officials from both governments will discuss issues of common concern and examine ways to leverage our broad people-to-people partnership for improving the quality of life for our citizens," the State Department said in a statement.
Clinton and Krishna will give brief remarks at 10:30 a.m. at the State Department, and will address a joint press conference later in the day.
On the eve of the Strategic Dialogue, Clinton and Indian Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal will co-chair the U.S.-India Higher Education Dialogue at the State Department. Clinton and Sibal will deliver opening remarks.
The United States envisions a robust role for the U.S. and Indian governments in promoting and encouraging the vibrancy and depth of the cooperation between the two countries' education sectors, the statement said.
This year's Higher Education Dialogue will focus on advanced research and innovation and the role of community colleges in workforce development. It will identify key areas of educational cooperation, shared goals, and best practices, and will help frame the U.S., Indian higher education priorities for the year ahead. Several outside experts will join the government delegations to offer their perspectives.
by RTT Staff Writer
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