Against the backdrop of the escalating crisis in Syria, India and the US Wednesday discussed the impassé in the violence-torn West Asian country and a host of international issues, including the Iranian nuclear programme and the United Nations (UN) reforms.
National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai met Susan Rice, the US's UN envoy and President Barack Obama's adviser on foreign policy issues.
There was no official comment on the meeting, but a series of tweets on the micro-blogging site by Rice conveyed the flavour of the discussions.
"We discussed a range of Middle East issues, including Syria, Iran as well as Africa, peacekeeping, and UNSC reform," Rice tweeted.
Rice, who is known for her criticism of India's voting record at the UN, also hinted at areas of dissonance, but underlined that India and the US are bound by mutual interests and core values.
"The world's two largest democracies may not always agree at the UN, but we share many mutual interests and core values," said Rice, who is projected by some in Washington's power circles as the next secretary of state.
The situation in Syria figured prominently in the discussions. The meeting came days after Obama warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to cross the "red line" of shifting unconventional weapons (biological and chemical weapons) in a threatening manner.
At the meeting, India is understood to have conveyed that it favoured a UN-led solution to the Syrian crisis and pushed for an inclusive political reconciliation, reliable sources said.
Signalling a changed assessment of the situation in Syria, India, which had voted earlier for the West-backed resolutions in the UN Security Council, abstained on a Saudi-backed resolution in the United Nations General Assembly last month as it contained a reference to the Arab League's resolution for Assad to step down.
Issues relating to the controversial Iranian nuclear programme, suspected of developing atomic weapons, also figured in the discussions, the sources said.
The India-US discussion on Iran took place just a few days before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh heads to Tehran for the Aug 30-31 Non-Aligned Movement summit. He is also expected to hold bilateral talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinjead on the sidelines of the summit.
India has consistently backed the resolution of the Iranian nuclear deadlock through dialogue and discussions and has continued its energy and economic ties with Tehran in the face of Western sanctions.
The US has pressed India to use its influence to persuade the defiant Iranian regime to come clean on its nuclear programme.