John Kerry congratulates Sushma Swaraj, discusses re-energising ties

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sushmaNew Delhi: US secretary of state John Kerry called up external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to congratulate her on ministerial posting and discussed “re-energising strategic” ties, an official said.
It was the first congratulatory call that she received from one of her counterparts around the world.

“The US secretary congratulated the minister and the party (BJP) on its election victory,” Syed Akbaruddin, spokesman, ministry of external affairs said.

KerryKerry spoke about the economic agenda of the new Indian government and said the US was keen to boost bilateral trade to $500 billion from the current around $100 billion.

She said they should meet and that dates would be worked out, he added.