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Saran holds talks with U.K. official

By Hasan Suroor

LONDON, MARCH 15. The Foreign Secretary, Shyam Saran, had talks on a wide range of issues with the British Permanent Under-Secretary, Michael Jay, ahead of the summit of the Group of Eight (G-8) industrialised countries to which the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, is an invitee.

The summit, to be held at Gleneagles, Scotland, will be hosted by the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

A statement, issued by the Indian High Commission here, said Mr. Saran and his delegation had a ``constructive and substantive'' exchange of views on bilateral, regional and international issues.

``Among other issues, they had a detailed exchange of views on energy requirements of growing economies, climate change and sustainable development. They agreed that India and the U.K. must strengthen their cooperation in science and technology.''

Members of the Indian delegation included Meera Shankar, Additional Secretary (United Nations), and Sujatha Singh, Joint Secretary (Europe) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

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