Washington, March 2: Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday met US National Security Advisor Lt Gen HR McMaster and discussed the bilateral relations, counter-terrorism and also the ways to take Indo-US ties forward.
During the meeting held at the White House, the two officials discussed issues related to security relationship, counter-terrorism, and defence partnership. Jaishankar also expressed India’s concern over ensuring the security of Indian nationals in the United States following reports of a possible cut in H1B and L1 visas.
Interestingly, the meeting between Jaishankar and Lt Gen McMaster gains significance as the top military leader was appointed as the National Security Advisor by US President Donald Trump ten days ago.
Later, Dr. Jaishankar also met Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan and discussed various issues, including ways to enhance economic and defence cooperation between both countries. Ryan, in a statement after meeting, said that the relationship between the US and India is rooted in shared values of democracy and freedom.
He further said that both the countries have a great opportunity today to build on this critical partnership by discussing ways to enhance our economic and defence cooperation. Ryan also expressed condolences of US House of Representatives on the death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in the shooting by navy veteran Adam Purinton.
Notably, Jaishankar arrived in Washington on Tuesday on a four-day visit to hold talks with top officials of the Trump Administration, lawmakers and members of the think-tank community. However, this is Jaishankar’s second visit to the U.S. since the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the U.S.