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US, India to discuss progress on def, N-cooperation

While in Gujarat, Kerry discussed the importance of the Indo-US strategic partnership, and how America’s technology and innovation can enhance sustainable economic growth throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

The Secretary’s high-level delegation to Vibrant Gujarat included recently-arrived US Ambassador to India Richard Verma, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service and Assistant Secretary for Global Markets Arun Kumar, and National Security Council Director for South Asia Matt Lowe.  They were joined in Gujarat by Consul General Tom Vajda of the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai, which includes Gujarat state within its consular district.

Kerry, Narendra Modi, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon inaugurated the Vibrant Gujarat Summit on Sunday. Kerry also attended the Global CEOs Conclave, where he spoke to international business leaders and innovators on strengthening trade and investment ties between the United States and India. 

In a separate bilateral meeting, Modi and Kerry discussed how the United States and India can together affirmatively shape global politics and economics in the 21st century, and the opportunity for our partnership to bolster sustainable economic growth in India and across the world. In addition, Kerry held a series of bilateral meetings with Secretary-General Ban and PM of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay.  Kerry also met with  Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal to discuss the importance of enhanced Indo-US cooperation on clean energy generation, and how both countries can work together to address the challenges of climate change.
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