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India, discuss terrorism, Afghanistan situation with US

India’s foreign secretary’s visit to the US aims at sensitising the Trump administration to India’s concerns over the security of its nationals following possible cuts in H1B and L1 visas.

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: India’s Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar during his US visit said that the issues such as terrorism, Asia-Pacific and Afghanistan were discussed with senior officials of the Donald Trump administrating. Certain other issues were also discussed while keeping the focus on US-India relationship.

“I would characterize our discussion this way. Obviously, a lot of was US-India focus rather than other countries. But we did discuss the global strategic landscape and exchanged ideas. In a sense, we are the continuity part of this relationship. I think in the meeting with the Secretary of the State, with the national security advisor, we discussed Asia-Pacific, Afghanistan. We discussed the challenge of terrorism,” said Jaishankar while addressing the media in Washington.

India’s Foreign Secretary held meetings with a number of senior U.S. officials including Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. HR McMaster, House speaker Paul Ryan along with meetings with senior member of the Congress.

While responding to a poser on new targets and ambitions, Jaishankar said the current U.S. administration looked interested in working with India in a number of areas. “At this time a lot of it was conceptual. On the economic basket, we saw a very strong interest in growing our trade, increase in investment, in finding various ways of cooperating with each other,” he said. This is his second visit to the U.S. since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the U.S.

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