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‘Clinton, Jayalalithaa WILL discuss Sri Lanka’ – Rediff.com

[MISC, Monday, 18 July 2011 08:46 2 Comments]

18us1 Senior Indian officials have claimed that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s first ever trip to Chennai will be a strictly non-governmental visit with no discussion on Sri Lanka.

But a senior official in the Barack Obama administration, who will accompany Clinton, has said that Sri Lanka would definitely figure in the discussions between the secretary of state and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa when they meet for the first time.
In an exclusive interview with rediff.com, the Obama administration’s point man for South Asia Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake, an erstwhile US Ambassador to Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2009, said, "Obviously, the 60 million people who live in Tamil Nadu have a lot of concerns about the situation in Sri Lanka," and that he was sure that this will "be a section of the discussion when the secretary meets the chief minister".

Earlier, senior Indian embassy officials, while briefing journalists in Washington on the upcoming US-India Strategic Dialogue and Clinton’s maiden visit to Chennai, said, she would not discuss any foreign policy issues, specifically Sri Lanka, during her visit to Chennai.

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  • kumar said:

    Indians particularly north indian are arogants, thats why they not even speak about tamils sufferings in srilanka. but tamil always belive clinton.

  • jay pathbey said:

    Clinton want to visit Sri Lanka where China has made far too many inroads and has far too much influence in Sri Lanka.

    But she needs to let the old fart in Tamil Nadu feel important first because Hilary is smart. After all US needs to keep India feeling friendly in the present context. The last time Sri Lanka and the US got too close India destabilized the poor island nation.