John Kerry expresses sympathy with victims of Hyderabad blasts

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): United States Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned Thursday's terror attacks in Hyderabad, in which at least 14 people were killed and several others injured.

Secretary of State Kerry conveyed his "sincere condolences at the loss of life as a result of the terror attacks in Hyderabad, and the condemnation of the government and the people of the United States," during a brief meeting with visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai in Washington.

Mathai completed a series of very useful and important interactions at the State Department, including a brief call upon Kerry.

In his meeting with Secretary Kerry, Mathai extended to him the good wishes of our leadership, and their congratulations upon his appointment as Secretary of State.

Mathai discussed the proposed visit to India by Secretary Kerry for the Third Round of the Bilateral Strategic Dialogue. While dates for this being finalized, Secretary Kerry reaffirmed his invitation to the External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to visit the United States soon.

Foreign Secretary also called upon Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman. He had a conversation over lunch with Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Robert Hormats as well as extensive and wide-ranging consultations with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman during which the two sides covered bilateral, regional and global issues.

In these discussions, the importance of the bilateral partnership in key areas, including energy, trade and economic development, as well as our existing regional and international consultations were reaffirmed.

In the year ahead, it is intended that the two sides would increase the frequency and pace of bilateral consultations, including at official and political levels.

Foreign Secretary set out a detailed blueprint of the bilateral relationship in an address on India and the United States in the 21st century, covering all areas of the bilateral partnership at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on February 21, 2013. The text of the speech is available at remarks by the Foreign Secretary at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. (ANI)