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U.S. envoy to visit India on Syria, Iran

08-16-2012 23:40 BJT

NEW DELHI, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The United States government envoy Susan Rice will visit India next week to holds talks with Indian officials on Syria and Iran, reported the Indo-Asian News Service on Thursday.

This will be the first trip by Rice, U.S. President Barack Obama's ambassador to the UN, to India.

Rice will hold wide-ranging discussions with Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, the report quoted official sources as saying.

The Syria crisis, Iran and other multilateral issues like the UN Security Council reforms are expected to figure in the discussions, said the report.

India sent a mid-level diplomat in the foreign office to a ministerial conference last week on Syria in Tehran. Indian officials are expected to update Rice on the conference which was called by Iran, the principal backer of the Assad regime, to push an "indigenous solution" that focuses on pushing political reconciliation to resolve the Syrian crisis.

Discussions on Iran and Syria, informed sources pointed out, are bound to create some dissonance with New Delhi which views the Syrian issue differently in the light of new developments and which is not ready to be deflected by the Western powers from pursuing its economic and energy relations with Iran.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be going to the Aug. 30-31 Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran where he is also going to hold talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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