India's foreign secretary Jaishankar meets US secretary of state Tillerson
Jaishankar's four-day visit to the US was aimed at sensitising the Trump administration about India's concerns over the security of Indian nationals in the US following a possible cut in H1B and L1 visas. Photograph: (AFP)
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, presently on a visit to the United States, on Friday met Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Jaishankar said that various bilateral issues, including terrorism, Asia-Pacific and Afghanistan, were discussed in the meeting.
"I would characterise our discussions this way. Obviously, a lot of focus was on US-India 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. In the meetings with the Secretary of the State, with the national security advisor, we discussed Asia-Pacific, Afghanistan. We discussed the challenge of terrorism," he said.
The Foreign Secretary also held meetings with a number of senior US administration officials including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Homeland Security John F Kelly, National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster, House speaker Paul Ryan along with meetings with senior member of the Congress.
A wide range of issues were discussed during these meetings, while keeping the focus on US-India relationship.
While responding to a poser on new targets and ambitions, Jaishankar said the current US 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.
The Foreign Secretary also interacted with American business through the US-India Business Council.
He added his visit had overall been very productive and the new administration had a very positive view of India. Jaishankar also said there was a lot of interest in taking the India-US relationship forward.
He also mentioned that he extended an invitation to Tillerson and Ross to visit India at an early date, which they accepted in principal.
Jaishankar's four-day visit to the US was aimed at sensitising the Trump administration about India's concerns over the security of Indian nationals in the US following a possible cut in H1B and L1 visas.
This is the Foreign Secretary's second visit to the US since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the US.