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Press Release on the visit of Ambassador to Minneapolis, MN

Ambassador Meera Shankar visited Minneapolis on 17-19 May 2010. During her visit, she called on the Governor of the State of Minnesota, H.E. Mr. Tim Pawlenty and had fruitful discussions on matters of mutual interest, including trade between the State of Minnesota and India. The Governor and the First Lady Mrs. Mary Pawlenty hosted the Ambassador for a reception at their residence, where she interacted with a select group of prominent Minnesotans including State Senators/Congressmen, Civil Servants, Businessmen and Indian community.

She launched the Women's Chamber of Commerce of the India Chamber of Commerce, Minnesota along with Mrs. Margaret Kelliher, Speaker of the State of Minnesota and Mrs. Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor of the city of Burnsville. She visited the University of Minnesota and discussed issues pertaining to higher education with the President of the University Mr.Robert H. Bruininks and later addressed a gathering of the University guests on the topic of Knowledge Partnership between India and the United States.

Ambassador Shankar addressed the Economic Club of Minnesota on the topic "India's Growth Story - Potential for Partnerships". The speech was attended by over 250 prominent participants from the city of Minneapolis.

Ambassador also met the Chief Executives of Cargill, Target and Meditronics. The discussions with these companies revolved around economic cooperation, their operations in India and the potential for deepening the mutually beneficial relationship.