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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Question for May 16, 1994

1. INDIA Q: Can we have a readout on the meeting today between Under Secretary Tarnoff and Indian Foreign Secretary Srinivasan?

A: THE MEETING'S MAIN PURPOSE WAS TO GO OVER PREPARATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING VISIT TO WASHINGTON BY PRIME MINISTER RAO.

--THEY HAD A GENERAL DISCUSSION OF CLOSER INDO-U.S. RELATIONS AND AGREED ON THE IMPORTANCE TO BOTH COUNTRIES OF A SUCCESSFUL VISIT.

--THEY ALSO NOTED THAT THE DELEGATION OF PROMINENT INDIAN BUSINESSMEN WHO CAME TO THE U.S. WITH PRIME MINISTER RAO DEMONSTRATES THE GROWING ECONOMIC AND COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES

--IT WAS A GOOD SESSION, AND MR. TARNOFF AND MR. SRINIVASAN WERE ABLE TO FINALIZE MANY DETAILS FOR THE VISIT.

--IT WAS ALSO A GET-ACQUAINTED OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TWO COUNTERPARTS IN THEIR GOVERNMENTS, WHO HAD NOT MET BEFORE.(###)

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