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India, US discuss visa, energy issues

External affairs minister S M Krishna has conveyed India’s concerns to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the US visa fee hike and discussed a host of regional and global issues, including ways of advancing bilateral cooperation over Afghanistan.

Krishna held a 45-minute meeting with Clinton on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly [UNGA] session on Monday.

Krishna and Clinton ‘held a positive discussion on a broad range of bilateral and regional issues,’ a State Department official said.

The issues relating to the hike in the US visa fee, which has hurt the Indian IT industry, figured prominently in the talks. The US raised visa fee in 2010 to finance its enhanced costs of securing its border with Mexico under the Border Security Act.

Krishna also raised the possibility of the US permitting the export of shale gas in liquefied form to India and was told that Washington would keep India’s energy needs in mind when they decide, sources said.


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