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Jaswant Singh - Strobe Talbott meeting

August 24, 1998

India - US bilateral talks

The Indian and US delegations, led by the special representatives of Prime Minister Vajpayee and President Clinton, Deputy Chairman Jaswant Singh and Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott engaged in the fourth round of a series of intensive discussions that began in June, 1998. During his visit to Washington, Deputy Chairman Singh had meetings at the Departments of Defense and Energy and met with Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson, Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Ralston.

The talks were serious and constructive, with a view to putting relations between India and the United States on a sound and secure footing for the future. The two sides discussed issues of disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as current regional developments and the international situation.

Deputy Chairman Singh and Deputy Secretary Talbott agreed to meet again in the coming weeks.