US Deputy Secretary of State to visit India

New York: US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will be visiting India next month for bilateral meetings with Indian officials and to attend the India Ideas Summit, according to the State Department.

She will be in New Delhi on October 6 and in Mumbai the next day before heading to Pakistan to meet with senior officials there, the Department said on Monday.

She is also scheduled to meet with civil society groups in New Delhi and Mumbai and with business organisations in India's financial capital, it added.

The US-India Business Council's India Ideas Summit is on the theme "Recovery to Resurgence", which looks at planning for the post-Covid future.

Sherman, the second-highest-ranking US diplomat, will be visiting India after senior American officials including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and CIA Director Bill Burns.

Her visit follows last week's meeting in Washington between President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and their Quad summit with Prime Ministers Scott Morrison of Australia and Yoshihide Suga of Japan.

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