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Warner leading delegation to India

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U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner is leading a congressional delegation to India to explore opportunities to expand business and cultural relationships.

The delegation, which will travel from Saturday, Jan.7 until Saturday, Jan. 14, will meet with government and business leaders in New Dehli, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Kolkata. Warner is co-chair of the Senate’s India Caucus.

In addition to Warner, the delegation will also include U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Tom Udall, D-New Mexico., and Reps. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y. and Cedric Richmond, D-La. Crowley is co-chair of the House India Caucus.

The delegation will meet with executives in India’s security, energy, biotech and IT industries to explore export and investment opportunities.

The trip will also include the signing of a partnership between the Virginia Community College System and the Wadhwani Foundation to expand training curriculum for skilled trades in India. They will also attend a National Basketball Association-sponsored camp and exhibition game for young people in New Delhi, and the Confederation of Indian Industry’s Partnership Summit in Hyderabad. They will be the first congressional delegation to visit the state of West Bengal since the Communist Party was defeated.

“I believe we have reached a point where it is time for the U.S.-India relationship to advance from a longtime friendship to a full partnership, and I look forward to identifying and pursuing additional opportunities for our two nations to work more closely together,” Warner said in a statement.

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