Outgoing US Ambassador meets Modi

“I thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership and vision and said a personal farewell,” said Outgoing US Ambassador to India Richard Verma.

By   |   Published: 20th Jan 2017   7:04 pm Updated: 20th Jan 2017   7:05 pm
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File Photo: United States' Ambassador to India Richard Verma

New Delhi: Ahead of his departure from here, outgoing US Ambassador to India Richard Verma called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday and discussed a range of issues and the progress made in the bilateral relationship.

“It was a pleasure to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the last day of my tenure as US Ambassador to India,” Verma said in a statement after the meeting.

“We spoke about a range of issues, and the substantial progress we have made in the US-India relationship over the past two years,” he said.

“We discussed bilateral accomplishments in the area of clean energy, trade, defence, and people-to-people ties, as well as the broader benefits that our efforts have brought to the world.”

Verma said both he and Modi reflected on the latter’s address to a joint session of US Congress last year, US President Barack Obama’s visit to India as chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in 2015, and agreed that the US-India relationship was stronger than ever.

“I thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership and vision and said a personal farewell,” he
stated.

Verma, who presented his credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee in Rashtrapati Bhavan in January 2015, is the first Indian-origin person to be appointed US Ambassador to India.