US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue underway; John Kerry lauds their relationship

By: | Updated: August 30, 2016 5:16 PM

The Strategic and Commercial Dialogue is the main bilateral forum for advancing shared security and economic priorities of the United States and India, the State Department said.

kerry-LThis is the first time the S&CD will be held in India. (Source: MEA)

US Secretary of State John Kerry is on a three-day visit to New Delhi, where he and US commerce secretary Penny Pritzker met with Indian External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Commerce and Industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman while co-chairing the second India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. This is the first time the S&CD will be held in India. In New Delhi, Pritzker will also co-chair the second US-India CEO Forum alongside Jeff Zients, the Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President for Economic Policy.

“The S&CD is the signature mechanism for advancing the United States’ and India’s shared priorities of generating sustainable economic growth, creating jobs, improving the business and investment climate, enhancing livelihoods, and sustaining the rules-based global order,” the State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said.

LIVE UPDATES: 

03.57 pm:  I hope that you will treat the issue of India’s membership to APEC forum positively, says EAM Swaraj after Kerry’s address.

03.55 pm: We hope to see our civil nuclear co-op take shape in form of new reactors that deliver reliable electricity to Indian households: Kerry in US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue

03.53 pm: This is the last time I have the privilege to lead this dialogue.  But I am very confident that we’ll continue to strengthen what President Obama has called “defining partnership of the 21st century,” says Kerry.

03.50 pm: Our citizens are studying, living and earning their livelihood in each others countries like never before. Our collaboration in battling climate change is significant, grateful to India, particularly for offering leadership for same in Paris, says Kerry.

03.44 pm: We look forward to finalise a cyber framework that will help us protect from global cyber threats, says the US Secretary of the State.

03.42 pm: Thank you India for welcoming us. It is a pleasure to meet both of you (Sushma Swaraj and Nirmala Sitharaman), says Kerry at the US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.

03.38 pm: US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue begins.

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03.18 pm: Kerry on Tuesday tweeted, “Impressive amount to cover at US-India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue- a testament to depth of this relationship”.

02.42 pm: US Secretary of State John Kerry meets EAM Sushma Swaraj.

 

US Secretary of State, John Kerry arrived in New Delhi and minutes after his arrival in the capital, his convoy was stuck in traffic jam after heavy rains poured in the city. John Kerry had earlier met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in his maiden visit to improve ties between both the nations. His visit to Dhaka took place amid the US’s growing security concerns in Dhaka following the July 1 terrorist attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery where over 28 people were killed.

 

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