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John Kerry arrives in India for three-day visit

Publication Date : 31-07-2014

 

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in India on Wednesday and was scheduled to meet external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday.

He will then be meeting prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday. This is the first high-level interaction between India and US since the new government came to power here.

US had blamed Modi for failing to do enough to stop the riots in Gujarat in 2002 and accordingly denied him a visa.

The recent development has seen a complete U-turn, starting with US President Barack Obama calling Modi to congratulate him on his electoral victory two months back and an invitation to visit US.

Modi is to travel to US in September to attend the United Nations General Assembly session.

Kerry, had already set the tone ahead of his visit, speaking highly of Modi and his government in Washington DC a few days back.

Addressing the Centre for American Progress on Monday, Kerry said: “The United States and India can and should be indispensable partners for the 21st Century, and that is, I assure you, the way we approach the Modi government.

India-US relations have not been very amicable in the last few months.

The case of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who was arrested in US on charges of falsifying her housemaid's papers and of not paying her the minimum wages as per US laws.

The ongoing World Trade Organisation negotiations have also seen the US getting upset with India.

While member states had agreed to a reform of custom rules, India has demanded that a deal on stockpiling, scheduled for 2017, be reached now.


 

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