Modi’s musketeers dine with US counterparts

  • Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 27, 2015 01:58 IST

Three Indian ministers had a dinner meeting of with their US counterparts at ITC Maurya apparently to take forward the dialogue on some of the contentious issues.

The dinner meeting which lasted for about one hour was attended by environment minister Prakash Javadekar, human resource development minister Smriti Irani and commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman. From the US side, commerce secretary Penny Pritzker and senior functionaries from the departments of energy and public policy were present.

Confirming about the dinner meeting, official sources said there was no agenda for the meeting and termed it as “courtesy extended to the guests”. The general issue of discussion was Indo-US relations, one of the ministers told HT, refusing to elaborate further.

The meeting assumes significance as the joint statement of Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had committed to continue dialogue in 2015 on contentious issues of climate change, allowing US universities in India and on intellectual property rights.

Sources, however, said Sitharaman and her US counterpart Pritzker, are likely to hold discussions on bilateral trade, intellectual property rights (IPR), Totalisation Agreement and immigration struggle in a one to one meeting slated for Tuesday, before Barack Obama departs to Saudi Arabia.

No such meeting was, however, slated between Javadekar and US energy department officials for Tuesday.

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