Clinton, Mamata meet with folded hands

Clinton, Mamata meet with folded hands

 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Monday met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat here, with FDI in retail, the Teesta water treaty and American investment in the state expected to figure in their talks.

Dressed in her customary trouser suit, Clinton reached the Writers' Buldings - the seat of power in the state - around 11.10 a.m. and greeted Banerjee with a gesture of 'namaste'.
The two posed for a photo op in the corridor of the first floor of the secretariat, with a smiling Banerjee seemingly explaining to her guest the history of the building and the sprucing up done to welcome her.

Clinton also stood for a while before a portrait of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore that has replaced an old one of the bard of Bengal.

Earlier in the morning, she had said during an interaction at the La Martiniere school for girls that she that she "discovered Tagore in college" and had been a fan ever since.

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