Burns to meet Indian officials today
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US Deputy Secretary of State William J Burns will arrive in New Delhi Friday for a bilateral discussion with Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai.
Burns — who lands in New Delhi after a visit to China, Japan, South Korea and Myanmar — will also meet National Security Advisor Shiv Shanker Menon.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said "East Asia" will figure in Burns' meetings in New Delhi. The situation in Myanmar and Afghanistan is also likely to be discussed. The US is keen to join the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation as a "dialogue partner" and a decision on this could be taken at a November 2 meeting in Gurgaon.
On whether Iran will also figure in the talks, Akbaruddin said, "Sure, there was a visit by the deputy foreign minister of Iran recently and it is normal to share views on how each of us perceives these things."
India and the United States are also expected to review bilateral relations, including the progress on the civil nuclear deal.