US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday at Writers’ building in Kolkata.All India Trinamool Congress

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the US has agreed to invest in West Bengal treating it as a partner state after meeting Hillary Clinton at the Writers' building in Kolkata.

While addressing the media, Mamata said that issues of FDI and Teesta water dispute with Bangladesh didn't figure during the discussion with Clinton that lasted for about an hour.

 However, she said that USA will start investing in West Bengal, treating it as "partner state for investments."  

"We had a good discussion and it was positive, constructive, creative and concrete," Mamata said.

"As per partner state, they will invest in West Bengal which was not taking place due to the political situation in the past," Banerjee told reporters.

"They (US) have assured us economic investments Bengal, which were somehow on hold due to political circumstances," the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief said.

"They will give full support for economic and business development," she added.

Mamata said that Hillary was expecting her at the Times Magazine function held in New York, when she was named one among the 100 most influential people across the world. Since it didn't happen, the US Secretary of State had come to Kolkata to meet her.

Further, Mamata said that Hillary congratulated her for her efforts in bringing a new government to power after a long struggle and praised her "passion for work", while promising investments for West Bengal at the meeting.

"I gave her four books of Rabindranath Tagore, Swami Vivekananda, and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. In return clinton also gave me an 'aasan' with a picture of Rabindranath on it," Mamata said.

Meanwhile, Mamata also said that she informed Clinton about Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and his massive fan base, while describing him as the "brand ambassador of West Bengal."

Ms Clinton, who is on a three-day visit in India, will head for New Delhi where she is scheduled to meet External Affairs Minister SM Krishna on Tuesday. According to Television reports, Clinton is expected to focus on civil nuclear cooperation, regional security and Iran during her meeting with Krishna.

She will also meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discuss bilateral ties during her stay.