Washington, Mar 2, 2017: Discussing counter-terrorism, bilateral relations and ways to take Indo-US ties forward, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has met US National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster today.
The meeting between Jaishankar and McMaster boosts connotation as the top military leader was appointed as the NSA by US President Donald Trump ten days ago.
Jaishankar also met Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and discussed various issues, including ways to enhance economic and defence cooperation between India and the U.S. Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna was also present in the meeting.
After the meeting, Ryan said, “The relationship between the U.S. and India is rooted in shared values of democracy and freedom,”.
“We had a great opportunity today to build on this critical partnership by discussing ways to enhance our economic and defence cooperation,” it added.
During his meeting with Jaishankar, Ryan expressed condolences of US House of Representatives over the death of Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani injured in the shooting by navy veteran Adam Purinton, who yelled “terrorist” and “get out of my country” before opening fire on them.
“Our peoples must continue to stand together, and I look forward to working with Foreign Secretary Jaishankar in the years ahead,” Ryan said.
Jaishankar arrived in the U.S. on Tuesday on a four-day visit to hold talks with top officials of the Trump administration and lawmakers. This is his third trip to the U.S. after Trump was elected the President.