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Strike at root causes of violent extremism, Kerry tells crowd at IIT-Delhi

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 31 August 2016, 12:49 IST

John Kerry, who is on his fourth visit to India, interacted with students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi on 31 August.

Kerry's visit to IIT Delhi was reportedly delayed by an hour due to massive traffic jams caused heavy rains.

On his arrival, Kerry joked with the students asking them whether they reached the venue in boats.

Asserting that India is an established power today, The US secretary of state said that we must strike at the root causes of violent extremism and have to work hard to understand the different variations of causes.

"President Obama and PM Modi have established a personal relationship that is built on common sense of purpose and vision. Battle to counter terrorists and extremists cannot be won by one nation," Kerry said.

While speaking to the students, Kerry said that President Barrack Obama and Prime Minister Naendra Modi have forged strong understanding and they were encouraged by the steps the Prime Minister was taking.

He further added that the beauty of India and the US was the history of making the impossible a reality.

Visits to religious sites cancelled

US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposed visit to three religious sites in New Delhi was cancelled on 31 August as heavy rains lashed the national capital.

Kerry was scheduled to visit the Gauri Shankar temple, Jama Masjid and Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib in the old Delhi area.

The US leader has had a difficult time with the city's traffic since he landed. His convoy was stuck on Satya Marg in Lutyens Delhi for an hour on Monday by a "spillover effect" owing to waterlogging in the main carriageways.

--With agency inputs

First published: 31 August 2016, 12:49 IST