John Kerry, the US Secretary of State who arrived in India on a three-day visit, on Monday has now cancelled his return to Washington scheduled, and will be extending his stay in India before he would be leaving for China to join the President Barack Obama at the G-20 Summit.
John Kirby, the US State Department spokesperson has said in his daily press briefing, on Wednesday that Kerry’s official schedule for the upcoming days are “still forming up” citing some logistical reasons.
After co-chairing the Second US-India Strategic and the Commercial Dialogue with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday, Kerry had addressed a town hall meeting at Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi.
John Kerry, US Secretary of State
He also met with the Indian opposition political party leaders and also visited the American embassy school before he called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in order to discuss climate change issues and further deepening US-India partnership.
Following heavy rains since Wednesday morning, Kerry has postponed his scheduled visits to the Sisganj Gurdwara, the Jama Masjid and also a Hindu temple in New Delhi.
When asked about Kerry’s official schedule, while giving his extended stay in New Delhi, Kirby said: “I did not say that he don’t have official events. His schedule is still forming up, and as we get more information about that, we will certainly provide it to you. But he wanted to be able to attend the G-20, and so it just made practical sense from a logistical perspective, particularly as we had to finalize arrangements as far as for his ability to join the President, to stay there in New Delhi while those arrangements are further made.”