Kerry braved heavy snowfall, which the city experienced early on Dec. 11 morning forcing the federal government to shut down its offices and school as a precautionary measure, to meet Singh, reflecting the significance he attaches to ties with India. Singh has also met Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel B Poneman on Monday, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James N Miller, Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus.
The US trip by the Foreign Secretary comes immediately after the visit of Indian Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh. This is to be followed by an India visit by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal, sometime next year. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is scheduled to visit New Delhi in January for India-US Energy Dialogue. Officials are also planning for the next round of Afghan-India-US trilateral meeting in New Delhi next year. (PTI)