Burns to meet Indian officials today

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.

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.