Trump admin has neglected relationship with India: former United States diplomat

Trump admin has neglected relationship with India: former United States diplomat

Trump admin has neglected relationship with India: former United States diplomat

Further, sources said, both sides have reached an understanding that in case of a conflict with any other agreement arrived at during the purchase of any specific military equipment from the United States, the Comcasa shall prevail.

The pact enables high-transfer of power. "We want the trade balance, the trade deficit that the United States has in its trade with India, to be rectified".

"We have been discussing how we can more openly communicate back and forth because of the sensitivity of some of the technology. we have to know that when we share this with another like-minded nation, that we can keep it secure", Mattis said.

US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis (left), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pose for photos as they present media statements in New Delhi on September 6, 2018. The pact signed on Thursday is an India-specific version that allows New Delhi to procure encrypted communication systems from the USA for military platforms like the C-17, C-130 and P-8Is.

Other key issues like India's bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), cross-border terrorism, and the contentious H-1B visa rules were also discussed. "We see that the United States is our partner of choice", Swaraj said in her opening remarks.

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After the summit, Pompeo said it had been "pretty special, historic, a level of relationship that the two countries had not previously had". And the S-400 never came up in private discussions with India's defense and external affairs ministers, said Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for South and Southeast Asia Joe Felter.

The two countries also referred to terrorist attacks on Indian military bases - Pathankot and Uri, for example - and asked Pakistan to crackdown on terrorism in its territory.

But with trade and strategic ties growing quickly between the U.S. and India, both countries have been keen to downplay potential diplomatic troubles.

"We are thus partners in building defence capability in the broadest sense of the term", she said.

Many countries, including India, "are in a place where it takes them a little bit of time to unwind" oil imports from Iran, he said. The Trump administration has withdrawn from a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and is reimposing nuclear-related sanctions that were lifted as part of the deal.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in their talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis, also made a decision to set up hotlines between them.

Experts believe the signing of the COMCASA agreement could also reduce the chances of the United States imposing sanctions on India for looking to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems.

Some sanctions came in effect on August 6 and the rest, notably in the petroleum sector, on November 4.

"Our position on the issue will be conveyed to the U.S.", said a high-level official source.

MEA Spokesperson Kumar called the meeting between Swaraj and Pompeo a "productive" engagement.

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Pompeo and Mattis were in India for their first joint meeting with their Indian counterparts, a conclave aimed at showcasing areas of agreement between the world's two largest democracies - while downplaying areas of tension.

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