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Kerry sees common cause with new India leader

Published on Jul 29, 2014 6:11 AM
 
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Center for American Progress on the launch of India:2020 in Washington on July 28, 2014. Kerry voiced hope on Monday of finding common cause with India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hailing the nations' ties as "indispensable" despite recent friction. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry voiced hope on Monday of finding common cause with India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hailing the nations' ties as "indispensable" despite recent friction.

Mr Kerry, who heads Tuesday to New Delhi in the highest-level US contact yet with the right-leaning government that took office in May, said he envisioned cooperation with Mr Modi on issues ranging from promoting economic growth to fighting climate change.

A day after returning from a grueling trip in which he failed to end the bloody Gaza conflict, Mr Kerry said that a close relationship with India was among the US "long-term strategic imperatives" despite the "flashpoints that dominate the daily headlines." "The United States and India can and should be indispensable partners for the 21st century, and that is, I assure you, the way we approach the Modi government," said Mr Kerry, whose tenure has been dominated by seeking Middle East peace.

"India's new government has won an historic mandate to deliver change and reform and, together, we have a singular opportunity to help India to be able to meet that challenge," Mr Kerry said at the Center for American Progress, a think tank.

 
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