Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday and stated that there is a broad convergence of views and interests between his country and the US, which are the world's two largest democracies.
Modi met Kerry and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in New Delhi. The PM outlined his vision for India and the partnership with the US in addressing global challenges, promoting peace and stability and supporting India's own economic transformation.
The Prime Minister highlighted the opportunities for partnership in trade, investment, clean energy, innovation, education, skill development, agro-processing and youth empowerment among others.
Modi emphasised the need for developed countries to understand the challenges of poverty in developing countries and their governments' responsibilities in addressing them, when discussions take place on international forums.
The PM discussed the regional situation, including India's engagement in Asia Pacific region and commitment to bring South Asia together in a united effort to promote regional economic development.
Modi also conveyed to Kerry and Pritzker about India's commitment to continue its support to Afghanistan, and the need to confront terrorism on the principles of "zero tolerance" and eschewing a selective approach to terrorism.
Modi thanked Kerry and Pritzker for visiting India, although it was the US' turn to host the Strategic Dialogue. The PM conveyed his appreciation for President Barack Obama's thoughtful and detailed letter, and asked both sides to prepare for concrete outcomes during the Summit to take their relationship to an entirely new level, on the basis of vision, strategy and action plan.
In an hour-long meeting, the two visiting Secretaries briefed the Prime Minister on the India-US Strategic Dialogue, and conveyed that President Obama attached a great priority to relations with India.
They added that Obama is keen on bilateral cooperation and global partnership, and looks forward to meeting Modi in September for a productive and fruitful Summit in Washington to set an ambitious new agenda to chart a new course in the relationship.
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was also present at the meeting.