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U.S. Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero visits India

February 8, 2011

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero is visiting India February 8-11, traveling to Karnataka and New Delhi. In Karnataka, Under Secretary Otero is visiting the Bylakuppe Tibetan settlements, meeting with local refugee officials and interacting with students, monks and nuns. She will also tour the Namdroling Monastery and visit micro-enterprises. The State Department provides funding for a variety of programs that support refugees worldwide, including those living in India.

In New Delhi, the Under Secretary will meet with senior government officials and members of non-governmental organizations to discuss regional disaster management, coordination at the UN on global issues, and cooperation in interested third countries to strengthen election organizations and management.

Under Secretary Otero departs India for Bhutan on February 11.

As Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero oversees and coordinates U.S. foreign relations on a variety of global issues, including democracy, refugees, migration, and the environment. She also serves as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.

Her biography is available here: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/127184.htm.