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U.S. Ambassador Presides Over Ceremonial Opening of New Consulate General, Hyderabad

Hyderabad,India.Oct, 2008: U.S Ambassador to India David C. Mulford presided over the ceremonial opening of the new Consulate General, on October 24, 2008. Addressing a crowd of more than 300 notables from the Andhra Pradesh state government, Members of Parliament, representatives of academic, scientific and civil society organizations and others, the Ambassador reaffirmed the importance the United States accords to its bilateral relationship with India.  He said, “President George W. Bush is a great friend and admirer of India.  He has understood from the beginning of his Administration the importance of the relationship between our two great democracies, based as it is on shared values and many common interests.  The President has also been able to envision the impact that this relationship can have on the world of the future.  As a result we have seen enormous growth in the breadth and scope of U.S. – India relations.  Today's ceremony fulfills the President’s March 2006 promise to open a new consulate in this historic and important city.”

Government of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister joined the U.S. Ambassador on the dais while Consul General of Hyderabad Cornelis Keur acted as Master of Ceremonies.  The flag was hoisted by representatives of the United States and Indian armed forces.   The Indian Army Ordnance Band played the two national anthems of the United States and India.

In mid-December, the Consular Section will begin operations processing 100 visa applicants a day.  This will increase to 300 a month in January.  The opening of the new Consulate General means that visa applicants from Andhra Pradesh will no longer be required to travel to Chennai for consular services. Additionally, the Consulate General will also provide passport and other services to American citizens residing in the state.

Until the U.S. Consulate is providing full services, travelers to the United States should continue to apply at the Consulate General in Chennai. 

The U.S Consulate is currently operating out of the first floor of the Paigah Palace until a permanent facility can be constructed.  Land has been obtained near Indian School of Business and Microsoft for that purpose.

Reachout's News Bureau
Oct
' 2008

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