New Delhi, March 5: United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha D Biswal is on her first visit to India in her current capacity.
She arrived in New Delhi on March 4, after spending a day on an official visit to Bengaluru.
According to official sources, during her meetings Biswal held detailed discussions on India-US relations with her counterpart, the Joint Secretary for the Americas in the Ministry of External Affairs.
The two sides discussed the current state of the bilateral relationship, and considered measures to achieve progress in resolving to mutual satisfaction issues that have emerged on either side in recent months.
Both sides reaffirmed the priority attached to the India-US strategic partnership, and discussed ways in which existing dialogue mechanisms could be energized to generate fresh momentum over the next few months.
Particular mention was made of the upcoming calendar of visits, including the visit of US Energy Secretary Ernest J Moniz for the bilateral Energy Dialogue.
On this introductory visit, Biswal also met other senior MEA Officers to obtain a broader briefing of India’s perspective of the region and beyond. She will also be engaged in further meetings with the MEA.
Official sources reports that Biswal also called upon Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh. During the meeting, Singh was briefed about Biswal’s meetings.
The Foreign Secretary underlined in this context the need for officials on both sides to expeditiously resolve outstanding issues, to enable both sides to focus their energies on the substantive and strategic issues that underpin this vital partnership. (ANI)