US, India discuss regional stability
Regional stability and civilian security came up for discussion as senior US diplomat Uzra Zeya held talks with Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra in New Delhi today.
"A pleasure to meet again with Foreign Secretary Amb V M Kwatra. Grateful for the vital US-India partnership and shared efforts to advance a free and open Indo-Pacific, regional stability and civilian security," Zeya, Under Secretary of State for democracy and human rights, tweeted after the meeting.
Earlier in the day, Zeya also interacted with civil society group US-India Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Council members leading on efforts to build a more inclusive.
"Our missions integrate DEIA in our foreign policy and programs….," Zeya said in a separate tweet.
Zeya is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh today on a four-day visit.
The visit by Zeya to engage with India's officials and civil society came after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent US visit when he denied that abuse of religious minorities existed in his country.
In Washington, President Joe Biden had rolled out the red carpet for Modi and both the countries signed deals on defence and commerce.
Biden had later told the media after talks with the Indian PM that he discussed human rights with Modi but he did not publicly criticise Modi or his government on the topic.
The State Department had said in a state department while announcing Zeya's visit to India and Bangladesh last week that "in both countries, Under Secretary Zeya will engage with civil society organizations on freedom of expression and association, and inclusion of women and girls, persons with disabilities, and vulnerable groups, including marginalized religious and ethnic minorities."