Did US President Barack Obama ask John Kerry to stay back in India for 2 days?

By: | Updated: September 3, 2016 11:35 AM

US secretary of state John Kerry who was visiting India had extended his stay in the country by two days postponing his earlier plan to depart on August 31.

John Kerry, John Kerry news, Barack Obama, US president, John Kerry new delhi, John Kerry in Delhi, Sushma Swaraj, John Kerry latest news, John Kerry india visit, John Kerry delhi visitJohn Kerry was earlier scheduled to depart from India on Wednesday, but US president Barack Obama reportedly asked him to join at the G20 summit that will happen in China.
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US secretary of state John Kerry who was visiting India had extended his stay in the country by two days postponing his earlier plan to depart on August 31. It is highly unlikely for a US state secretary to, but he is believed to have used the extra time to doing some diplomacy as well as taking some rest as he is one of the most travelled foreign ministers in the world, The Indian Express reported. In the last three and a half years, the US secretary of state has travelled to 88 countries and even visited India multiple times. According to The Indian Express, Kerry so far has travelled for 532 days and 12,41,724 miles.

Kerry was earlier scheduled to depart from India on Wednesday, but US president Barack Obama reportedly asked him to join at the G20 summit that will happen in China. This comes after there were new prospects opened in the US-Russia deal. At the sidelines of the summit, while Obama will meet Vladimir Putin, his Russian counterpart, Kerry will need to use his diplomacy tactics with Sergey Lavrov the Russian foreign minister.

Since this is his last term as the US president, it will be Obama’s last G-20 summit. This has garnered many requests from various world leaders to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines. So it is expected that Obama will require Kerry to stand in for some of these meetings if need be.

The India Express reported that, since Kerry extended his stay in the national capital, he and Lavrov also had a telephonic conversation on the day he was scheduled to depart. The two leaders reportedly discussed Syria among other things. When Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian came to India on a three-day visit John Kerry was the first one to meet him. A statement issued by the US State Department statement said that the two leaders held talks about regional and bilateral issues regarding Middle East peace.

Kerry was then scheduled to leave on Friday, so it is learnt that he used the time to unwind after a long 14-day trip. He also reportedly visited the Cottage Emporium which is a place for a collection of Indian handicraft and souvenirs. A source for The Indian Express said, “There were a lot of such phone calls and conversations with Washington and other world capitals during the two days.”

Kerry faced two days of chaos in the rains and traffic in Delhi, which might be embarrassing for a national capital, an Indian official was quoted by The Indian Express by saying, “Hope his extra days of stay have made a better impression.”

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