Unauthorized release of secret state department cables by WikiLeaks will not affect the growing relationship between India and the United States, the two countries have agreed. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, called minister of external affairs S M Krishna over telephone to discuss a wide range of issues ranging from bilateral relationship, to the situation in the region including Afghanistan and WikiLeaks cables.
The telephonic conversation between the two leaders lasted for about 15 minutes, State Department spokesman P J Crowley said. “They covered a range of subjects which reflect the depth of US-Indian relations, including President Obama’s successful visit and plans for the next strategic dialogue,” he said.
“They talked about the importance of ongoing counter terrorism cooperation. They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan, and minister Krishna expressed condolences over the loss of Richard Holbrooke,” he said. “The secretary and minister agreed that unauthorized release of classified cables would not affect cooperation between India and the United States,” Crowley said. Krishna invited Clinton to visit India for the second round of the strategic dialogue, dates for which will be decided through diplomatic channels, MEA officials said. The first round of the strategic dialogue was held in the US in June 2010.
Separately, US under secretary for political affairs William Burns had a telephonic conversation with foreign secretary Nirupama Rao on various bilateral issues and regional matters of mutual importance.