Menon arrives in US; terrorism on top of agenda

Menon arrives in US; terrorism on top of agenda


Washington: Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon arrived in the US for on a two-day visit with a series of scheduled meetings including with officials at the State Department, the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns.

Menon’s visit to Washington, which began Monday, was planned and scheduled way ahead of last week’s terror attacks on Mumbai which claimed nearly 200 lives, including some American nationals.

Although bilateral issues and areas of cooperation would be the focus of Menon’s meetings, the expectation is that he will be discussing in some breadth and width the latest developments n the wake of Mumbai attacks.

He is also expected to meet some senior lawmakers in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Menon is in Washington at a time when the President-elect Barack Obama announced his National Security Team in Chicago that included Senator Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State designate.