Kerry, Sushma chair meet to enhance Indo-US ties

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New Delhi: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma upon his arrival at New Delhi, August 29, 2016. Photo - PTI

New Delhi: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with US Ambassador to India, Richard Verma upon his arrival at New Delhi, August 29, 2016.
Photo – PTI

In New Delhi to participate in the 2nd Indo-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, US Secretary of State John Kerry met with Union External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Commerce and Industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The US Secretary of State arrived in New Delhi on Monday for a two-day visit to India.

The leaders took up the issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistan and other important issues, including economic matters like visas during their meet on Tuesday.

During the day-long meeting, Sitharaman discussed bilateral trade and investment related matters with her US counterpart Pritzker. According to an official, issues like visa and totalisation agreement are likely to figure in the meeting.

Besides, the two sides deliberated on ways to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker too will attend the dialogue.

The Dialogue is a comprehensive mechanism to discuss and deliberate the entire gamut of cooperation between the two countries.

From Indian side, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry will co-chair the India-US CEO Forum meeting.

At the CEO Forum, both the sides will review the progress made so far on deliberations such as boosting renewable energy and defence ties and smart city project, and also discuss the roadmap to achieve the objectives.

The Dialogue was elevated into a Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India in January 2015. The first S&CD was held on September 22, 2015 in the US.

The two-way trade between the countries stood at about USD 109 billion last year.

(With inputs from the PTI)