WASHINGTON: Official said, US Secretary of State John Kerry had a terrific time in India regardless of New Delhi’s traffic and Heavy monsoon due to which he has to cancelled his engagements.
On Wednesday, State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference, “The Secretary was very grateful for the support, courtesy and the time that he was afforded by Indian leaders over the last two days. I am puzzled some time that you have to make a diplomatic row out of the fact that some of the meetings didn’t start on time,”
Kerry, he said, has had a “terrific couple of days” in India.
While responding to question he said, Kerry got delayed for events and had to cancel visit to religious sites due to rainy weather, Kirby pointed out that many meetings at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department including his daily news conference does not start on time even when there is no rain.
Kirby said, “I was late for conference and that was not matter of weather, but rather than that it’s a great time he spent for couple of days, he glad to be in New Delhi and have good discussion and looking forward to maintain deep relation,”
“There were some delays because of rain, and not even the Prime Minister, who we have great respect for, can do much about that. It’s weather, and that it caused some delays I think would be expected,” he said.
“As I understand from talking to Mark (Toner), my deputy, who is out there, this wasn’t just a sprinkle. This was pretty significant rain, right up to the top of the tires on the cars.”