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US Cabinet ministers to visit India to woo PM Modi who was once shunned by Washington

Published on Jul 17, 2014 2:49 PM
 
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves while leaving the BRICS-UNASUR Summit at Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia, Brazil on July 16, 2014. The United States said on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, that top Cabinet members will visit India in coming weeks to break the ice with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was once shunned by Washington. -- PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said on Wednesday that top Cabinet members will visit India in coming weeks to break the ice with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was once shunned by Washington.

Secretary of State John Kerry will visit on July 31 and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to India in early August, culminating in Modi's previously announced visit to Washington in September, officials told a Senate committee.

"We are confident we can work in a strong and collaborative partnership with the Modi government to grow our economic and strategic relations with India," said Nisha Biswal, the assistant secretary of state for South Asia.

Modi was once persona non grata in the United States due to allegations that he turned a blind eye to anti-Muslim riots that swept Gujarat in 2002 when he was leader of the western state. He has denied wrongdoing.

 
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