New Delhi: US Vice President Joe Biden will visit India next month to keep up the momentum in bilateral ties, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday.

Addressing the media along with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid after the fourth round of India-US Strategic Dialogue, Kerry said India and the US were "powerful economies" and were poised to "set a new standard for cooperation".

He said the significant representation in his team was a reflection of "very important relations" between the two countries. He said Biden will be coming to India late July.

Khurshid said they discussed key strategic issues, economic issues as well as regional security concerns. He said the talks were characterized by convergence and candour. "Secretary Kerry and I seem to have struck the right chemistry," he said.

Kerry added that the two sides have discussed cooperation and procurement issues in defence, particularly co-production, apart from cooperation in agriculture and health sectors.

He said the US took up "impediments" to foreign investment with India and was reassured that steps will be taken to address concerns. Referring to trade, Kerry said the two sides can do better.

He said he had invited Khurshid to the US and the dates of visit were being worked out.

India and the US held the fourth edition of the India-US Strategic Dialogue on Monday.

The India-US Strategic Dialogue, inaugurated in 2009, is a forum to discuss the full range of US-India cooperation on bilateral and regional issues, reflecting the strong strategic partnership between the two countries.



India, US agree to set up working group on climate change

India and the US agreed to set up a working group on climate change. Kerry said the working group would "intensify efforts to find ways that we can bilaterally join together to address the urgency of climate change".

Kerry said the working group will be coordinated by him and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid within their respective governments.

“India and the US were collaborating on development efforts and "believe we can so more on climate change,” he said.

(Agencies)

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