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Patel has served as four-term Chairman of the Los Angeles business council urban beautification programme and a juror for
architecture and landscape design awards. He worked closely with the US Secret Service to accommodate 60,000 people in
70 acres of open space for a special event, ‘A Salute to President George Bush’ in California.
New US State Secretary vows to take Indo-US ties forward
New US Secretary of State John Kerry has called up External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid who said India was looking
forward to take the bilateral ties to a higher level encompassing diverse sectors.
Kerry, who favors strong ties with India, thanked Khurshid and appreciated his congratulatory letter soon after his
confirmation as Secretary of State by the US Senate.
Khurshid said he was looking forward to work with Kerry to take forward the India-US bilateral strategic relationship, which
is at a "historically unprecedented high", to a further higher level encompassing diverse sectors, official sources said.
Congratulating Kerry, the External Affairs Minister mentioned that he was delighted on his assumption of the high
responsibility in the US government and he was aware of Kerry's enormous talent in handling of South Asia-related matters
in the recent years.
Kerry was sworn in as the US Secretary of State on February 2, replacing Hillary Clinton. In a telephonic conversation that
lasted for seven minutes, Khurshid said he was eagerly looking forward to Kerry's visit to India for the Third Annual India-US
Strategic Dialogue scheduled later this year.
He also recounted Kerry's significant contribution in furthering India-US relationship during his tenure as Chairman of the
Senate Foreign Relations Committee, official sources said.
Kerry requested Khurshid to convey his wishes to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In this context, he recalled his visit to
India with a large business delegation when Singh was Finance Minister and also his fond memories of that meeting.
Kerry is a strong advocate of peace talks between India and Pakistan as he firmly believes that there are few relationships
that will be vital in the 21st century for Washington's ties with New Delhi.
Aero India 2013: Top US firms eye Indian defense pie
A large industry delegation from the US will participate at Aero India 2013 in Bangalore showcasing advanced capabilities
geared towards India's air, land, naval, and internal security system’s needs.
Focused on enhancing industrial partnership and meeting India's defense modernization requirements, the US-India
Business Council (USIBC) has sent its largest industry delegation to Aero India 2013 in Bangalore.
The 12th executive defense mission from USIBC, comprising nearly 400 top American and Indian companies focused on
enhancing the US-India commercial relationship, includes senior executives from America's premier aerospace and defense
companies.
It's led by Lt. General Jeff Kohler (Ret.), vice president, Boeing military aircraft, and Vice Admiral (Ret.) Kevin J. Cosgriff,
senior vice president, international business and government, Textron Systems.
Kohler and Cosgriff expressed optimism towards the growing defense partnership, and noted the maturing partnership
between the two countries' defense industries.
In meeting many of India's defence modernization requirements, "US industry leads the way in offering the most advanced
technology with long-term support for the multitude systems offered", said Kohler in a statement.
"In addition to offering proven US platforms and systems and an end-to-end commitment to customer satisfaction, we are
eager to initiate cooperative programmes with India's defense industry," Cosgriff said.