Clinton visits tsunami-hit areas in India

May 26, 2005 at 4:08 AM
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NEW DELHI, May 26 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton is in India for a three-day visit to oversee tsunami relief work and follow up on an anti-AIDS campaign.

Bill Clinton told the Indian crowd at the ITC Maurya Sheraton, "I love coming here." A young Indian girl gave him a tiny American flag and a note that read "Prince of India," reported the Asian Age.

This is Clinton's fourth visit in five years; he first came to India as president in March 2000.

Clinton has been appointed by U.S. President George Bush as a special envoy to oversee tsunami relief work worldwide.

He will travel to Nagapattinam, in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, by helicopter to oversee relief and rehabilitation work undertaken by the William J. Clinton Foundation. Nagapattinam was one of the most badly hit districts on the mainland.

The former U.S. president is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as representatives of non-governmental organizations and AIDS activists. He will also deliver the keynote address at a national conference on HIV/AIDS Thursday.

After his Tamil Nadu visit, Clinton will travel to other tsunami-hit nations including Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia.

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