Washington:  US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who will be visiting India from July 19 for second Indo-US strategic dialogue in New Delhi, will also be travelling to Chennai.
Clinton would be leading a high-powered US delegation, comprising of officials from various departments, with the focus on giving a new thrust to the relationship between the two countries.
"The depth of the US-India Strategic Dialogue demonstrates the United States' strong support for India as an important actor on the world stage and is representative of the broad and multifaceted US-India relationship," State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, said. Clinton will be visiting India from July 19 to July 20.
The partnership between the world's two largest democracies covers issues ranging from counter terrorism and defence cooperation to climate change, high-tech trade, and scientific innovation, she said.
"Together, the US and India are working to face the most important and pressing challenges of our time," Nuland said.
"During her trip to India, Clinton will also visit Chennai, marking the first visit by a serving US Secretary of State to the city, which has emerged as a hub for the trade, investment, and people-to-people engagement that is driving the US-India relationship," Nuland said.
This is Clinton's second trip to India in her capacity as the Secretary of State. During her stay in Chennai, Clinton is expected to visit the Ford factory, which manufactures' cars for not only the Indian market but also exports to other parts of the world.
She is also expected to hold a town hall meeting in Chennai. Clinton would arrive in New Delhi from her two day trip to Greece on July 17-18. "She will meet with President Papoulias, Prime Minister Papandreou, Foreign Minister Lambrinidis, and other political leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest," the spokesperson said.
However, she would begin her trip from Turkey on July 15-16, where she would participate in meetings of the Contact Group on Libya and conduct bilateral meetings with Turkish officials.
"The Contact Group meetings allow the international community to come together and coordinate views on our next steps with respect to Libya," she said.
"They also allow us to further assess international progress in implementing UNSCRs 1970 and 1973 as part of our efforts to protect civilians and to facilitate the start of an inclusive Libyan national dialogue that will lead to the country's reconciliation and reconstruction," Nuland said.
"While in Turkey the Secretary will also meet with President Gul, Prime Minister Erdogan, Foreign Minister Davutoglu and other political leaders to discuss Libya, Syria,
and a full range of shared bilateral and multilateral issues,"
the spokesperson said.