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After US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, American Special Climate Envoy John Kerry Set To Visit India Early Next Month

By swarajyamag

In what would mark the second visit by a senior leader of the United States’s (US) administration under President Joe Biden to India, the US Special Climate Envoy John Kerry is set to visit India early next month as the two countries look to further enhance engagement and cooperation in different avenues of interest, reports Economic Times.

This would come merely weeks after the US’ Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin touched down in India for a three-day visit and engaged with Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.

Kerry is likely to touch down in India in the first week of April, though his schedule and itinerary are yet to be formally announced. His visit would mark the first formal climate change discussion between the new US administration and India.

It should be noted that visit comes at a time when President Biden has announced a target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. China has meanwhile announced a target to achieve the same by 2060.

India is yet to announce a target for the Carbon neutrality, and Kerry is likely to discuss the same with the Indian leaders given he had recently sought more commitment from both, India and China ahead of the upcoming CoP 26 climate meet.

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