The sources said the two sides discussed the current state of the bilateral relationship, and considered measures to achieve progress in resolving to mutual satisfaction issues that have emerged on either side in recent months.
They said both sides reaffirmed the priority attached to the India-US strategic partnership, and discussed ways in which existing dialogue mechanisms could be energized to generate fresh momentum over the next few months.
Particular mention was made of the upcoming calendar of visits, including the visit next week of US Energy Secretary Ernest J Moniz for the bilateral Energy Dialog. The arrest of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on December 12 on visa fraud charges had triggered a row between the two countries with India retaliating by downgrading privileges of certain category of US diplomats among other steps. Khobragade was indicted on visa fraud and making false statements by a US grand jury. She returned to India after she was asked to leave the US by the State Department. Biswal also called on Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari. (PTI)