MUMBAI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton opened a three-day visit to India on Saturday by attending a ceremony commemorating the terrorist attack in this coastal city last November that killed 166 people and raised Indian tensions with Pakistan.
The visit marked a return to the world stage for Clinton, who has been slowed since mid-June by an arm injury that forced her to cancel plans to attend international meetings in Italy and Greece last month and to accompany President Barrack Obama on his visit to Russia earlier this month.
The ceremony marking last November's terrorist attack was private and closed to press coverage. It was held at the Taj Palace Hotel, where Clinton and her entourage were staying. The attack raised tensions between nuclear rivals India and Pakistan. The Indians blamed the assault on militants trained in Pakistan, whose government is putting five of the accused attackers on trial in Islamabad.
Later Clinton was to meet with a group of Indian businessmen, including Mukesh Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, the largest company in India. She planned to meet with a women's non-governmental organization and to speak with college students in Mumbai.
Clinton is scheduled to hold talks Sunday and Monday in New Delhi with Indian government officials on a wide range of issues, including nuclear nonproliferation, strengthening trade ties and combatting climate change. She is to attend talks in Thailand later in the week with representatives of the Association of South East Asian Nations.