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QUESTION NO.2895 MEETING WITH US SECRETARY OF STATE IN DELHI

July 18, 2019

RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.2895
TO BE ANSWERED ON 18.07.2019

MEETING WITH US SECRETARY OF STATE IN DELHI

2895. SHRI DHARMAPURI SRINIVAS:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether a meeting was held with US Secretary of State in Delhi recently;

(b) if so, the details of issues which came for discussion in the meeting;

(c) the details of bilateral issues discussed and the views exchanged between the two Ministers to resolve them; and

(d) whether H1B visa issue was also discussed and if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
(SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN)

(a) to (c) Yes. The U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, met External Affairs Minister on 26 June 2019, during his visit to India. They exchanged views on various bilateral, regional, and global issues of topical significance and common interest. They explored bilateral cooperation in the fields of counter-terrorism, defence, energy, trade and investment, and people-to-people ties.

(d) Issues related to the H-1B visa programme were discussed in context of people-to-people exchanges, and the contributions of the Indian diaspora and PIOs to the U.S. society and economy.

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