Kerry visit to revive momentum in Indo-US ties
New Delhi: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in India Sunday on a three-day visit for the fourth India-US Strategic Dialogue, his first visit to this country after assuming charge of the State Department in February. The visit is the first major high-level engagement between the two sides in US President Barack Obama's second innings and will seek to dispel misgivings about stagnation in ties.
It will see him hold discussions with India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on all aspects of their bilateral ties, including on defence cooperation, and will seek to give renewed momentum to the relationship with a country that Washington sees as a strategic partner in Asia.
This will also be Kerry's first meeting with Khurshid who took over last year as external affairs minister. The India-US Strategic Dialogue, launched in 2009 is a forum to discuss the gamut of US-India cooperation on bilateral and regional issues.
Ahead of his visit, Kerry issued a short video message terming the dialogue a critical ongoing conversation between the two countries. He also said that the US welcomes India as a rising power and backs its inclusion as a permanent member of a reformed and expanded UN Security Council.
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