US Secretary Rex Tillerson Meets Sushma Swaraj , Yet To Meet Modi


New Delhi : United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Tillerson arrived in India last evening for his two-day visit to India. He is expected to address the media in the noon today and later in the day, he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence.

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The U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to India is a part of his five-nation tour that includes Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Switzerland alongside.

Yesterday, the U.S. Secretary of State paid an unannounced visit to Baghdad, just hours after returning from a similar surprise visit to Afghanistan.

During his visit, he met Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who accused the former of interfering in Iraqi affairs.

On Monday, while he slammed Pakistan, citing that there were a number of terror groups, which find safe havens in the country, Tillerson lauded India for a “positive role in the process to achieve a peaceful and stable Afghanistan”. He gave this statement in Kabul, where he met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah and national security advisor Hanif Atmar.