US, India renew efforts to boost bilateral ties

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have held talks in the Indian capital as part of a renewed effort to strengthen ties between the two countries.

The meeting Tuesday came just weeks after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry came to India to lead a strategic dialogue between the nations. The pair of high-profile meetings signal increasing efforts to upgrade bilateral relations as the U.S. lays out its plans to rebalance its foreign policy toward the Asia-Pacific.

Biden’s trip will also lay the groundwork for a summit meeting between Singh and President Barack Obama in Washington in September.

The two discussed ways to boost trade and ease bottlenecks preventing American companies from investing in the Indian market.

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