Jaishankar meets US NSA, discuss bilateral ties

WASHINGTON, Mar 2:  Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has met US National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster and discussed counter-terrorism and ways to strengthen the Indo-US ties.

The meeting between Jaishankar and McMaster is significant as the top military leader was appointed as the National Security Advisor by US President Donald Trump ten days ago.

During the meeting held at the White House, the two officials are believed to have discussed issues related to security, counter-terrorism, and defence partnership.

Jaishankar also met Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and discussed various issues, including ways to enhance economic and defence cooperation between both countries.

“The relationship between the US and India is rooted in shared values of democracy and freedom,” Ryan said in a statement after the meeting.

“We had a great opportunity today to build on this critical partnership by discussing ways to enhance our economic and defence cooperation,” Ryan said.

During his meeting with Jaishankar, Ryan expressed condolences of the US House of Representatives over the death of Indian-techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla.

Kuchibhotla was killed and another Indian Alok Madasani injured by navy veteran Adam Purinton, who yelled “terrorist” and “get out of my country” before firing on him.

“Our peoples must continue to stand together, and I look forward to working with Foreign Secretary Jaishankar in the years ahead,” Ryan said.

Jaishankar arrived here in the US on Tuesday on a four-day visit to hold talks with top officials of the Trump Administration, lawmakers and members of the think-tank community.

This is his third-trip to the US after Trump was elected as the President.

Trump had pledged to strengthen the Indo-US ties during his telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month.

About three weeks before his electoral victory, Trump had told Indian-Americans that he would be India’s best friend at the White House. (PTI)