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Jun 26, 2017 22:40 (IST)
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Gopal Baglay addresses media in Washington DC

US' Secretaries of Defense and State called on PM Modi this morning.

Both meetings conveyed warmth of the relationship.

Such interactions are in nature of courtesy meetings. Not many specific matters are touched upon.

In Mr Tillerson's meeting, he conveyed President Trump was eagerly looking forward to hosting PM Modi.

Desire of both sides to strengthen India-US relationship in strategic and economic areas was mentioned by Mr Tillerson. PM Modi conveyed India's desire to walk side by side.

There was general discussion on situation in Asia Pacific and elsewhere.

PM Modi conveyed the fulcrum of India's foreign policy which is to have good relations with neighbours. India wishes the progress of its neighbours. 

There was discussion on counter-terrorism.

Secretary Mattis began by referring to PM Modi's op-ed in Wall Street Journal today.

The situation in Afghanistan was discussed. Mr Mattis conveyed appreciation for India's role.

Both sides decided they will remain in touch, there is no need to cooperate. Our strategic partnership is multifaceted and multidimensional.

On Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin's designation as global terrorist

The notification has just come. We will see what specific provisions are. It vindicates India's longest standing position that cross border terrorism is behind the disturbances in Kashmir.

It underlines, also, the fact that both India and US face threat of terrorism and are working together to counter this threat. 

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