Washington DC, Sept 22: Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to United States of America, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj along along with a delegation of cabinet ministers met US secretary of state John Kerry.

The strategic and commercial dialogue was initiated between the two nations on Tuesday. The bilateral meet will focus on enhancing economic, security and defense ties. (ALSO READ: John Kerry speaks to Nawaz Sharif to reduce India and Pakistan tensions)

Addressing a joint press conference along with Sushma Swaraj, John Kerry said: “In today’s era, foreign policy is economic policy and economic policy is foreign policy. Our economic partnership with India is growing stronger with each passing day.”

“On security side,our collaboration with India is also growing. It will benefit both countries and its people. United States is one of India’s largest defence suppliers.”

Sushma Swaraj welcomed the warm approach shown by Kerry. Addressing the media, Swaraj said, “This is a very busy time for India and US relations. Its important we set timelines to achieve our targets, we look forward to busier schedules in months ahead.”

“One of the defining characteristics of our bilateral agenda since last July has been purposeful action to implement decisions,” Swaraj added.

Along with Swaraj, Coal and Energy Minister Piyush Goyal and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were also present.