US Secretary Kerry meets PM; tells Pakistan to do more

01 September 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and shared with him the US' perspective on developments in the region and beyond.

Secretary of State John Kerry calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on 31 August 2016  

Kerry, along with US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, also discussed progress in bilateral engagement since Prime Minister's visit to the US in June 2016, apart from briefing him on the second India-US Strategic & Commercial Dialogue that concluded on 30 August, according to a release from the Prime Minister's Office.

''Secretary Kerry also shared US' perspective on developments in the region and beyond with Prime Minister,'' it said.

The US Secretary of State, on Tuesday as well as Wednesday in his speech at an event, had asked Pakistan to do more work towards clearing the terror sanctuaries and push harder against ''indigenous groups'' operating from its soil that are affecting ties with India and Afghanistan's peace and stability.

 ''Prime Minister conveyed satisfaction at the expanded and strengthened strategic partnership between India and the U.S. over the past two years that has opened up new vistas for collaboration. He conveyed that he looked forward to rapid progress and successful completion of the decisions taken with President Obama at the Summit Meeting in June,'' the PMO said.

Modi also conveyed that he looked forward to meeting President Barack Obama at the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou, China.

Tweeting on his meeting, Modi said, ''Glad to meet you, Secretary @JohnMr. Kerry. We had fruitful discussions on India-USA ties.''

Kerry had earlier tweeted: ''Pleased to sit down with @narendramodi, reflect on successful S&CD and our ever- deepening relationship with #India.''


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