India will remain an important strategic partner: US

Washington, July 3 (IANS) Expressing satisfaction at Secretary of State John Kerry's first visit to New Delhi, the US has said it's keen to carry forward the "positive relationship" with India which will "continue to be an important strategic partner."

Kerry "did enjoy every aspect of his visit," State department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters here Tuesday noting he "had some very productive meetings as part of the India Strategic Dialogue."

"India has been and will continue to be an important strategic partner," she said adding, "he is grateful he was able to spend a couple of days there and he's looking forward to continuing the positive relationship."

On his return from his foreign trip Wednesday, Kerry will be passing along to President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden and the White House all about his discussions in New Delhi, Psaki said.

Kerry also met Special Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Brunei, Psaki said.

The two "highlighted the importance of the bilateral relationship and expressed the importance of continued close cooperation with Pakistan to facilitate an Afghan-led peace process."

On the continued bombings in Pakistan, she said US "stands with the people of Pakistan in condemning such senseless and inhumane acts."

"We offer our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and wish those injured a speedy recovery," Psaki said taking note of reports of numerous bombings over the weekend resulting the loss of many Pakistani

lives.

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