Washington: Indian envoy to US, Nirupama Rao, met the Mayor of the District of Columbia Vincent Gray during which he sought more Indian investment in the American capital.

"The Mayor expressed keen interest in increasing cooperation between the District and India," the Indian Embassy spokesman Virander Paul, said in a statement.

"The Mayor said he hoped that more Indian companies would be drawn to the District of Columbia as the City welcomed such investment," he said.

Washington, DC, is formally the District of Columbia.

During the meeting on March 8, Gray and Rao also decided to explore the possibility of the Indian Embassy and the District of Columbia jointly organising an event to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Also present at the meeting were Natwar Gandhi, Chief Financial Officer of the District of Columbia and Cynthia Brock-Smith, Secretary of the District.

Rao informed Gray of the excellent progress in India-US bilateral relations and priorities of the India government in meeting its developmental goals.

She hoped that there could be greater cooperation in the field of education between the District and India.

The Indian Ambassador referred to the gamut of India's commercial relationship with the US including investments in 43 states of the US by Indian companies and the job creation taking place in the US because of these investments.

Rao invited the Gray to visit India during which time the possibility of establishing closer linkages between Washington and New Delhi as capitals of two great democracies could be seriously explored.

The Mayor said he greatly looked forward to his visit at a mutually convenient date.