Kerry to meet Indian PM

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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imgThe India visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry later this week would lay the groundwork for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington in September to meet President Barack Obama, an American official said on Tuesday.

“Secretary Kerry’s visit underscores the importance of the US-India partnership, and will lay the groundwork for Prime Minister Modi’s September visit to the United States,” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

Mr. Kerry is scheduled to leave Washington for New Delhi later on Tuesday to co-chair the fifth annual India-US Strategic on July 31 along with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Mr. Kerry would be accompanied by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, who will lead discussions to strengthen economic ties between the two countries. Other members of the administration, including Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary Francis Taylor and NASA Associate Administrator Michael O’Brien, are also expected to join the trip.

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