US wants to set agenda for new course in ties with India,Kerry to PM

Friday, Aug 1, 2014,17:00 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The United States today conveyed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Washington attached great  priority to relations with New Delhi, both for bilateral cooperation and global partnership, and looked forward to a productive and fruitful Summit in September to set an ambitious ”new agenda for a new course in bilateral ties.”
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker today called on the Prime Minister and briefed him on the India-US Strategic Dialogue held here  yesterday.
During the hour-long meeting, the Prime Minister said there was broad convergence of views and interests between the two countries.
He outlined his vision for India and for the partnership between the world’s two largest democracies in addressing global challenges, promoting peace and stability in the world and supporting India’s own economic transformation.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the opportunities for partnership in trade, investment, clean energy, innovation, education, skill development, agro-processing,  youth empowerment among others.
He emphasised the need for developed countries to understand the challenges of poverty in developing countries and their governments’ responsibilities in addressing them, when discussions take place in international fora.