John Kerry meets Ranjan Mathai, reaffirms importance of ties with India

John Kerry

Mathai had a series of meetings throughout the day including those with Deputy Secretary William Burns, wherein the two diplomats reviewed the ties including defense, while Under Secretary of State for Energy, Economic Growth and the

Environment Robert Hormats hosted him for lunch during which the two delegations discussed economic and trade issues.

Soon after meeting Kerry, Mathai had a three-hour long meeting with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R Sherman, during which they discussed a whole range of bilateral, and regional issues, setting the tone for the

second term of the Obama Administration, which sources described as "very very substantive".

Expressing satisfaction over the progress made in his meeting, sources said it was "frank and useful exchange of views."

A State Department spokesperson, familiar with the talks, said Sherman and Mathai "enjoyed a warm and positive" meeting today at the State Department.

Sherman expressed the US' condolences for the Hyderabad bombings and underscored the priority America attach to India-US counterterrorism cooperation.

"The Under Secretary and Foreign Secretary discussed a broad range of issues, including our bilateral cooperation on energy, climate change, defense, civil nuclear issues, education, regional dynamics, and joint collaboration in Afghanistan, Africa and Asia. Both look forward to another round of the US-India Strategic Dialogue later this year," the tate Department spokesperson said.

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