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