External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid met Secretary of State John Kerry in New York on Wednesday and discussed an array of issues of mutual interest, including ‘ongoing discussions on the civil-nuke deal.’ (Agencies)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives in Washington on Thursday for a meeting with President Barack Obama on Friday.
Khurshid said that the two sides discussed economic concerns raised by both Indian and US industry and ways to work together on enhancing economic relationship.
He outlined steps India has taken to address transfer pricing, retrospective tax regime, notification on safe harbour rules, steps in pension regulation, and opening FDI limits in sectors such as aviation and telecom.
"We brought this to their (US) notice, gave them a list of steps that we have taken and we hope that this will be transmitted back to the CEOs forum in the US," Khurshid said.
He said that India ‘looked also very specifically on our concerns which relate to participation in the US economic effort by way of Indian professionals coming to the US temporarily on H1B non-immigrant visas. These are areas that still need to be addressed.’
"There is a lot of work that US side has to do with its industry. We have to (work) with them and we have to carry greater conviction with our own industry as well. There is sincere effort on both sides to come together to find a resolution and we are encouraged by the positive response that we have received," the External Affairs Minister added.
Khurshid said that further improving bilateral economic ties ‘requires work’ and the two countries have agreed to ‘work together to see if we can find more satisfactory situation.’
The two sides also discussed issues like climate change and defence. A senior US State Department official said that both two sides talked about their shared concern related to the enormous impact of climate change, as well as the role that the US and India can play.
They also agreed to continue working to expand their clean energy partnership and discussed efforts to make progress on economic issues.
Kerry said, "If India can march forward and embrace reforms, they can see real movement on their economy. And they talked about the importance of finding ways to expand trade relations," the official said.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid met Secretary of State John Kerry in New York on Wednesday and discussed an array of issues of mutual interest, including ‘ongoing discussions on the civil-nuke deal.’