U.S. understands India’s terror concerns: Kerry

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that schools as well as both Houses of Parliament in India had observed a moment of silence to mourn the Peshawar terror attack victims, most of whom were students
  • Mr. Kerry will fly to Islamabad from Gandhinagar on Monday.
  • Mr. Modi and Mr. Kerry were speaking on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat Summit.
  • The tone for the meeting was set during the inaugural session of the summit.
  • After lunch together, the two leaders met for talks accompanied by officials, including U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal, whose family belongs to Gujarat, and newly appointed U.S. ambassador Richard Verma, who is also of Indian origin
  • Mr. Modi told Mr. Kerry that he was looking forward to President Barack Obama’s visit to India as chief guest at the Republic Day parade
  • Mr. Modi and Mr. Kerry didn’t discuss the details of the agreements to be announced, as they are being negotiated by official delegations in Delhi and Washington
  • Mr. Modi and Mr. Kerry spoke about easing the roadblocks for investment by reviving the Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) talks and “making some movement” on nuclear issues.
  • Both leaders talked at length on climate change issues that came up during the Gujarat summit speeches
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Vibrant Gujarat summit discussed: Global terror was a major “concern”
  • The two leaders had met on the day of the Paris march in solidarity with victims of the attack on magazine Charlie Hebdo