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Posted on Feb 22, 03:26PM | IBNS
New Delhi, Feb 22 : The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday said Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai called on U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his visit to the country.
Mathai is visiting the US from Feb 20-22.
"Foreign Secretary Shri Ranjan Mathai completed a series of very useful and important interactions at the State Department, including a brief call upon the new U.S. Secretary of State, Mr. John Kerry on February 21, 2013," said the MEA in a statement.
In his meeting with Kerry, Mathai extended to him the good wishes of India's leadership, and their congratulations upon his appointment as Secretary of State.
The Foreign Secretary discussed the proposed visit to India by Kerry for the Third Round of the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue.
While dates for this being finalized, Kerry reaffirmed his invitation to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to visit the United States soon.
"Secretary Kerry offered his sincere condolences at the loss of life as a result of the terror attacks in Hyderabad, and the condemnation of the government and the people of the United States. This was reiterated at all of Foreign Secretary's meetings with United States officials," the MEA said.
Mathai also called upon Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman.
He had a conversation over lunch with Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Robert Hormats as well as extensive and wide-ranging consultations with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman during which the two sides covered bilateral, regional and global issues.
In these discussions, the importance of the bilateral partnership in key areas, including energy, trade and economic development, as well as our existing regional and international consultations were reaffirmed.
"In the year ahead, it is intended that the two sides would increase the frequency and pace of bilateral consultations, including at official and political levels," the MEA said.
"Foreign Secretary set out a detailed blueprint of the bilateral relationship in an address on India and the United States in the 21st century, covering all areas of the bilateral partnership at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on February 21, 2013," it said.