Clinton and the Taj Hotel in Mumbai

By Sadie Bass

Jul 17, 2009 2:59pm

ABC's Kirit Radia reports: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived today in Mumbai, where she'll be staying in the hotel Taj Mahal Palace & Tower — one of the scenes of last November's deadly and destructive terror attacks. As we saw today with the bombings of the Marriot and Ritz-Carlton in Jakarta, hotels are soft targets and the siege on the Taj and other sites in Mumbai left over 170 dead and wounded hundreds more.   Tomorrow Clinton will participate in a memorial to honor those lost in the attacks. Indian media report that the Taj has stepped up security ahead of Clinton's stay. Guests are subject to background checks and a heavy security presence is deployed in and around the hotel. The "Heritage" wing of the hotel, where dignitaries usually stay, was damaged during the attacks and is still being rebuilt, so Clinton will be staying in the "Tower" wing. Her entire floor had already been cordoned off in anticipation of her arrival, Indian media reports. The Mumbai attacks remain a very sensitive issue in India. Earlier this week the Indian government said peace talks with archrival Pakistan would be put on hold until Islamabad helps bring those behind last year's attack to justice.

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