India and the US have a myriad of shared interests, including fighting Islamic militancy and managing the rise of China, but American businessmen have complained to U.S. lawmakers about Indian trade protectionism. They contend that tariff and regulatory barriers are shutting out foreign firms despite reforms that were supposed to open markets. They say that among other things, Indian policies favor local producers.
Kerry noted those concerns, albeit briefly.
He said U.S.-India trade had grown fivefold during the Obama administration and nearly topped $100 billion last year.
"It's a good start, but both of us agreed today that we can do more," he said. "We can break down trade barriers."
India is the second stop on Kerry's seven-country trip through Asia and the Mideast. He travels to Saudi Arabia and Jordan on Tuesday after attending an Indian event on higher education.
Associated Press writer David Rising in Kabul, Afghanistan, contributed to this report.
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