Politics

Hillary Clinton visits India (PHOTOS)

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Clinton speaks at the Anna Centenary Library in Chennai on July 20, 2011, where she urged India to play more of a leadership role in Asia.

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Saul Loeb

NEW DELHI — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited India for the second strategic dialogue session with senior Indian officials in New Delhi and Chennai.

Talks focused on counterterrorism, which is high on the agenda following the recent Mumbai blasts. Clinton talked about bringing the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks to justice, according to the Indian Express. Trade and economic cooperation, India’s role in Afghanistan and the U.S.-India nuclear deal also featured on the agenda.

Clinton's visit to Chennai is important as the southern port city is a big hub for U.S. investment. She is scheduled to visit a Ford car factory, according to the BBC

Clinton is on the third leg of a 12-day, around-the-world diplomatic tour that has already taken her to Turkey and Greece. After India, she will visit Indonesia, Hong Kong and southern mainland China before returning to the United States on July 25, reports the Washington Post.

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    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at Air Force station in New Delhi on July 18, 2011, kicking off her three-day visit in India.

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    Hillary Clinton is accompanied by Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao at Air Force station in New Delhi on July 18, 2011.

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    Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on July 19, 2011.

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    Saul Loeb

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    Hillary Clinton addresses the media during a joint press conference in New Delhi on July 19, 2011.

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    Hillary Clinton holds a meeting with Shiv Shankar Menon, the Indian national security advisor, in New Delhi on July 19, 2011.

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    Hillary Clinton sits with Sushma Swaraj, leader of the Indian opposition party, during a meeting at the Swaraj residence in New Delhi on July 19, 2011.

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    Hillary Clinton shake hands with Sonia Gandhi, president of India's ruling coalition party United Progressive Alliance in New Delhi on July 19, 2011.

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    Saul Loeb

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    Clinton and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meet in New Delhi on July 19, 2011.

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    Saul Loeb

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    Hillary Clinton at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on July 19, 2011.

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    Clinton, sporting a "bindi," the traditional Indian forehead decoration, poses with classical Indian dancers as she arrives in Chennai on July 20, 2011.

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    Saul Loeb

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    Clinton speaks at the Anna Centenary Library in Chennai on July 20, 2011, where she urged India to play more of a leadership role in Asia.

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    Saul Loeb

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    Hillary Clinton sees a photo of her husband, Bill Clinton, hanging on the wall at the Working Women's Forum in Chennai, which she visited on her three-day trip to India on July 20, 2011.

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    Saul Loeb

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    Hillary Clinton receives a gift from Jaya Arunachalam, the founder of the Working Women's Forum in Chennai, a grassroots network of over one million women that provides training, networking and business skills, during Clinton's three day visit to India.

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    Saul Loeb

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    Hillary Clinton visits an exhibition of cooking stoves alongside Dr. Kalpana Balakrishnan, who is a researcher in the field on her visit to Chennai, India on July 20, 2011. Clinton is a long-time advocate of using clean-burning cook stoves, instead of more traditional stoves that burn wood or solid fuel and release toxic fumes affecting many poor regions around the world especially women and small children.

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    Saul Loeb

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    Hillary Clinton visits a music classroom prior to watching a dance performance at the Kalakshetra Foundation in Chennai on July 20, 2011.

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    Saul Loeb