Narendra Modi in Washington, DC: Rex Tillerson meets PM, discusses ways to boost strategic ties
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Narendra Modi in Washington and discussed ways to boost Indo-US strategic ties ahead of the Indian leader's first meeting with Donald Trump
Washington: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington, DC on Monday and discussed ways to boost Indo-US strategic ties ahead of the Indian leader's first meeting with President Donald Trump.
"Preparing the ground for the meeting between the leaders. Mr Rex W. Tillerson, Secretary of State calls on PM," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted on the meeting.
— Gopal Baglay (@MEAIndia) June 26, 2017
Tillerson met Modi at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental, where the Indian prime minister is staying. Earlier, US Defence Secretary James Mattis had also called on Modi.
Ahead of Modi's visit to Washington, Tillerson had said that the trip would strengthen the Indo-US relationship and help advance the common interest in fighting terrorism and promoting economic growth.
Tillerson had said this during a meeting here with visiting Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar last week.
"The Secretary noted the Prime Minister's visit will strengthen ties between the United States and India and advance our common interest in fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and prosperity, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region," a State Department spokesperson had said.
The two agreed that the two countries have a deep and growing strategic partnership and hope to work more closely on regional and global issues, the official had said.
Ahead of his visit, Modi had said he looked forward to the opportunity of having an in-depth exchange of views.
"My USA visit is aimed at deepening ties between our nations. Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world," he had tweeted.
My USA visit is aimed at deepening ties between our nations. Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world. https://t.co/UaF6lbo1ga
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2017
"I look forward to this opportunity to have an in-depth exchange of views on further consolidating the robust and wide-ranging partnership between India and the United States," the prime minister had said.
The External Affairs Minister said he reiterated India's support for peace, stability and development of Afghanistan
Jaishankar said "politics, vested interests and instability" can be "formidable impediments" to regional cooperation and prosperity, asserting that no serious connectivity initiative can ever be a one-way street
It is being suggested that India has reached a fork in the road in Afghanistan and must either sup with the Taliban or pack its bags and leave