Kerry conveyed this message during his meeting with Indian Ambassador to US S Jaishankar, who also met the Deputy Secretary of State William Burns for a wide range of discussion on bilateral and regional issues.

"Secretary John Kerry conveyed again his congratulations to Prime Minister Modi and the new Government of India, noting that the administration looks forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to United States," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said.

This was Kerry's first meeting with the top Indian diplomat after Modi was sworn-in as the 15th Indian Prime Minister in New Delhi on Monday.

Burns and Jaishankar also discussed a wide range of bilateral and regional issues including regional security, increasing bilateral economic engagement and enhancing US-India cooperation in multilateral fora.

A day after the declaration of result of Lok Sabha polls in India, the White House on May 17 exuded confidence that the relationship between India and US under Modi’s leadership would make further progress and invited him to visit the State.

"The Prime Minister of India will be welcomed to US," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Modi visa row

Modi was first denied a visa in 2005 by United States. At that time, Modi, as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, had planned to travel to Florida where he was scheduled to address a convention of Asian American hotel owners.

US government said that it could not issue him a diplomatic visa because of its Immigration and Nationality Act. The Act states that any foreign government official responsible for serious violation of religious freedom is ineligible for a visa. The Congress-led UPA government had protested the decision. Modi had described US move as an attack on India's sovereignty. However, US government had repeatedly said that there is no change in its stand relating to visa policy and Modi is free to apply for a visa and await a review like any other applicant.


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