US Secretary of State John Kerry reaffirmed the efforts of India and the United States in cutting down the drastic effects of climate change. “Our governments have overcome decades of differences on a climate change policy,” said Kerry at the Indo-US plenary session in New Delhi.
Kerry added that he hoped to bring the Paris Agreement into force soon.
Kerry is leading the American delegation to Tuesday’s seventh meeting of the US-India strategic dialogue, which seeks to improve security and economic development ties between the nations. He held talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who was also present at the plenary session. He thanked Swaraj for India’s collaboration in talks on climate change.
On the civil nuclear deal, Kerry said he hoped the cooperation takes shape in the form of new reactors ‘that will deliver power to new households.’
Swaraj said there was ample scope to do more in the field of counter-terrorism between the two countries.
The US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue is the signature mechanism for advancing shared priorities of generating sustainable economic growth, creating jobs, improving the business and investment climate, enhancing livelihoods and sustaining the rules-based global order between both the nations.
This Dialogue was elevated into a Strategic and Commercial Dialogue during the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to India in January 2015.
(With inputs from ANI)