Sushma Swaraj meets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, raises issue of terrorism, H-1B

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New Delhi:

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session on Friday raised the issue of terrorism and H-1B.

During the meeting EAM Swaraj and Tillerson also discussed strengthening of the US-India political and economic partnership, officials said. ”The Secretary thanked the Minister for India’s contributions to stability and development in Afghanistan and the region,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said after the meeting. ”They discussed further strengthening the US-India political and economic partnership,” she said.

Swaraj and Tillerson also discussed regional issues such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, terrorism and India’s role in maintaining peace in the region.

”The two ministers discussed regional issues, with a focus on Pakistan, Afghanistan and terrorism,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

The two sides reviewed all aspects of the bilateral relationship, including expanding trade and investment relations, he added.

Swaraj also strongly raised with Mr Tillerson the issue of H1-B visa, the most sought after by Indian IT professionals.

The Trump administration is currently reviewing the H-1B visa policy as it thinks that the visa is being misused by companies to replace American workers.

They also discussed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. US President Donald Trump this month scrapped an amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children. The move can impact 800,000 undocumented workers including thousands of Indian- Americans. According to Mr Nauert, Ms Swaraj and Mr Tillerson also discussed the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which the US and India will co-host in Hyderabad from November 28 to 30. The American delegation would be led by Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the US President Trump.

(With PTI Inputs)

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