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Kerry, Indian FM Discuss Regional Security, Economics

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held talks with his Indian counterpart, Salman Khurshid, in New Delhi.

India's foreign ministry said the talks Monday focused on three "key pillars" of the two country's relations -- regional security issues, economics and technology.

In remarks after the talks, Kerry welcomed India's leadership on the global stage and reaffirmed the countries' shared vision for peace and stability in Asia.

Kerry also said both countries back a "united, stabile" Afghanistan, adding that the U.S. supports India's bilateral economic assistance to the war-torn South Asian nation.

On Sunday, Kerry said that as the world's largest democracy, India can play a critical role in supporting Afghanistan's 2014 elections by helping the government improve its electoral system and create a framework for resolving disputes.

He also urged India to act on climate change, saying it is essential for the country's continued growth.

U.S. officials say the United States wants greater access for its goods in Indian markets. New Delhi, for its part, wants a U.S. immigration policy that will make it easier for highly skilled Indian workers to enter the American job market.

Kerry arrived in New Delhi Sunday after a stop in Qatar, where he met with a group of foreign ministers to discuss Syria. He will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

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