U.S. seeks 'talk and trade' to rebuild India ties

Mar 06, 2014, 6:13 AM EST
U.S. Assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia Nisha Biswal addresses a press conference in Colombo on February 1, 2014.
AFP/File, Ishara S. Kodikara

The United States sought on Thursday to rebuild rocky ties with India, while stressing it would tackle differences "head on" in pursuit of its drive to quintuple bilateral trade in a decade. Rows over drug patents, solar panels and software piracy have blighted relations of late, amid heated exchanges over the arrest and strip search in New York last December of an Indian diplomat who was suspected of visa fraud. That spat forced a trip to India by Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal, Washington's point person for South Asia, to be rescheduled. Visiting New Delhi after a two-month delay, she focused on finding ways to agree.
Background:
U.S. seeks 'talk and trade' to rebuild India ties [Reuters]
Senior U.S. diplomat Nisha Biswal meets Indian officials in Delhi [Firstpost]