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'Some progress' made in peace talks: John Kerry
'Some progress' made in peace talks: John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry, heading a high-powered delegation, left for India on Wednesday to co-chair the fifth annual India-US Strategic Dialogue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi during his three-day official visit.

State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki, who is accompanying Kerry on his trip, said the top US diplomat would also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is the first cabinet-level between the Obama administration and the new Indian government led by Mr. Modi.

Mr. Kerry leads a high-powered US delegation including Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to co-chair the India-US Strategic Dialogue with Ms. Swaraj in New Delhi on July 31.

“There is incredible potential for the US-India relationship and the Strategic Dialogue is a great opportunity to explore ways to move forward,” Congressman Joe Crowley said.

“We already have very strong people-to-people relations, and our two countries should be doing everything we can to work together more and more,” the top Democratic lawmaker, who also co-chairs the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, said.

While Mr. Kerry’s meeting would set the tone of India US relationship, officials said the trip would lay the ground work for Mr. Modi’s September visit to Washington to meet US President Barack Obama.

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