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Powell calls on Mamata ahead of Clinton visit

Kolkata: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell today called on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here ahead of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton`s visit to the metropolis next week.

"I am amazed by all the transformation that has taken place in the region. This is a fascinating state in a fascinating region. Eastern and Northeast India clearly have exciting futures and great importance to India`s regional presence," Powell said in a statement after a 30-minute meeting with the chief minister.

"I had an excellent discussion with the chief minister who shared her vision of revitalising West Bengal. I am very happy to be back in Kolkata. This is a quick visit for me. My primary goal is to meet with my team in Kolkata," the ambassador said.

Speaking about Clinton`s visit, the statement said, "She has been to Kolkata before, but many years ago. I think this visit will be an opportunity for her to find out first-hand how much this city and eastern India have transformed and what a bright future lies ahead."

US Consul General Dean Thompson and other officials were present at the meeting with the chief minister. Earlier in the day, Powell also met Governor M K Narayanan.

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