Ahead of Modi visit, In­dia, US fo­cus on ‘con­crete re­sults’

Asian Journal - - India - By Arun Ku­mar

Wash­ing­ton: Ahead of In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s visit, In­dia and the US have agreed to work to­gether to achieve con­crete re­sults in key ar­eas in­clud­ing de­fence, trade and in­vest­ment and civil nu­clear en­ergy. They have also agreed to deepen their col­lab­o­ra­tion against Pak­istan-based ter­ror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mo­hammed (JeM), re­spon­si­ble for sev­eral ter­ror­ist at­tacks in In­dia and other ter­ror­ist threats. The agree­ments were reached dur­ing In­dian For­eign Sec­re­tary S. Jais­hankar’s just ended four-day visit to Wash­ing­ton to re­view In­dia-US bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and to pre­pare for In­dia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion at the March 31-April 1 Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Sum­mit (NSS). Modi is ex­pected to have a bi­lat­eral meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Barack Obama on the side­lines of the 50-na­tion sum­mit. There is also wide­spread spec­ula- tion that he may also meet his Pak­istani coun­ter­part Nawaz Sharif, who too has been in­vited to the NSS. Jais­hankar’s meet­ings in Wash­ing­ton “fo­cussed on fur­ther con­sol­i­dat­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in the year ahead and en­hanc­ing con­ver­gence on re­gional and global is­sues”, ac­cord­ing to an In­dian em­bassy press re­lease.

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