Under Secretary Burns: Travel to the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Under Secretary for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns traveled to the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka from January 16 to 25, 2006.
On January 16 in London, Under Secretary Burns took part in consultations with officials from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia and China on the diplomatic way ahead in dealing with Iranís continued defiance of the international community.
Under Secretary Burns then traveled to India for discussions that seek to advance the new strategic partnership between the two countries. The Under Secretary and his Indian counterpart, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, will hold the fourth meeting of the Joint Working Group on Civil Nuclear Cooperation and discuss further implementation of the initiatives agreed upon in the July 18 Joint Statement.
Under Secretary Burns with Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran address a press conference, in New Delhi, India
On his inaugural trip to Pakistan, Under Secretary Burns met with senior Pakistani officials and opinion leaders to discuss broadening the U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship, to review Pakistanís progress towards full democracy, to explore ways to foster greater regional cooperation, and to express the United Statesí continued support for earthquake relief and reconstruction efforts.
Finally, in Sri Lanka Under Secretary Burns discussed the current status of the peace process with the Sri Lankan Government, Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim, and others to reiterate the strong U.S. desire to see all Sri Lankans work for peace. He called again for the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to resume talks on strengthening the Ceasefire Agreement as soon as possible.
Under Secretary Burns meets Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Remarks by Under Secretary Burns01/23/06 Remarks Following Meeting with Norwegian Minister and Special Envoy
01/23/06 Remarks to the Press in Sri Lanka
01/21/06 Remarks Upon Signing the $200 Million Special Objective Grant Agreement
01/20/06 Remarks to the Press With Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran
01/18/06 Remarks to the Press at the American Center in Mumbai