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Hillary Clinton to meet SM Krishna, Hafiz Saeed on the agenda

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May 08, 2012 at 08:20am IST

New Delhi: It is the third and final day of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to India. She will hold a breakfast meeting with External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Tuesday before heading back home. India is expected to seek clarity from the US on the bounty on Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. The Iran issue is also likely to be discussed. India runs the risk of facing sanctions starting July if it doesn't slash oil imports from Iran.

Meanwhile, Hillary is expected to bring up India's failure to meet the civil nuclear deal deadline. The FDI issue will also be on the agenda.

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In her meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Clinton pushed for India to curb its oil imports from Iran. Hillary also said that the US believed that those behind the 26/11 attacks must be brought to justice.

The two sides are also expected to discuss economic relations taking that forward.

This comes a day after the controversial meeting between Hillary Clinton and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The US and the state government differed on the content of the talks. While Mamata Banerjee claimed that FDI in retail and the Teesta water sharing issue did not figure in the talks, the US consulate claimed they did.

West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra then shot off a letter to the US consulate seeking a correction in its press release that claimed discussions on FDI.

The US State Department in its press release had said, "Touching on issues ranging from the increasing US investment in West Bengal, including in the retail sector, US-India relations, and regional affairs, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reaffirmed to Chief Minister Banerjee the US desire to work with India and West Bengal to deepen and broaden our partnership."

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