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April 04, 2006 21:30 IST

Reflecting intensification of high-level contacts to take Indo-United States ties forward, a number of key American figures will be visiting India over the next few days.

The first will be Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher's visit on Thursday. Boucher, who heads the State Department's newly-reconstituted Bureau for South and Central Asia, will be in India for three days, during which he will hold meetings with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, Joint Secretary (Americas) in the External Affairs Ministry.

Their talks will cover the entire gamut of bilateral relations with the US, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said, adding there will also be bilateral consultations on regional issues during the visit.

The visit comes less than a week after Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran's visit to Washington, to discuss next steps on the areas of cooperation identified in the March 2 Joint Statement issued during the visit of US President George W Bush.

Saran had met senior Bush administration officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns, besides key Congressmen to push the nuclear deal.

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