Krishna raises H-1B fee hike, outsourcing with Hillary

India conveyed its concerns to the US on issues like H-1B visa fee hike, export control restrictions and outsourcing ban during a meeting between foreign minister S M Krishna and US secretary of state Hillary Clinton...

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India conveyed its concerns to the US on issues like H-1B visa fee hike, export control restrictions and outsourcing ban during a meeting between foreign minister S M Krishna and US secretary of state Hillary Clinton here on Tuesday.

"Our concerns have been raised and we have spoken our views about the risks inherent in protectionist trends that often detract from the positive impulses of cooperation in trade and economic interaction between the two countries," foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, who was also present during the 30-minute Krishna-Clinton meeting, told reporters here.

"I think that was also understood by the US administration in our discussions and they were agreeable to the fact that we need to discuss these issues and try to resolve them," she said.

"But I think what unites us is the fact that there is so much good and so much superb cooperation that is taking place, so I think this will help carry us through a lot of these irritants," assistant secretary of state for south and central Asia, Robert Blake, said. On another issue of export control of high-tech items to India, he noted that "the US was looking to find a positive way forward. We are not quite there yet. So we need to continue to work on that. And again I am confident of a positive outcome."

Blake further pointed out that there is "goodwill" on both sides to resolve all these irritants. "So, I’m confident we’re going to be able to work our way through these."

Krishna and Clinton also described President Barack Obama’s forthcoming visit to India in November as "a defining moment in the history of our bilateral relations", Blake said.

The two ministers discussed several other issues including Afghanistan, floods in Pakistan, climate change talks, Indo-US N-cooperation and sanctions on Iran.

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