John Kerry extends stay in India

New Delhi: US Secretary of State John Kerry, who arrived in India on a three-day visit on Monday, will be extending his stay here, it is reliably learnt.

Kerry was scheduled to leave New Delhi for Washington on Wednesday evening but is now likely to stay back here at least for a day more.

Kerry on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here following Tuesday’s Second India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.

Earlier on Wednesday, he addressed a town hall meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology here.

He was also scheduled to visit the Sisganj Gurdwara, the Jama Masjid and a Hindu temple but the programme got postponed as heavy rain lashed the city on Wednesday morning.

Tuesday’s bilateral Strategic and Commercial Dialogue was co-chaired by Kerry and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker also in attendance.