Friday, July 19, 2019
News

Pompeo to pitch for lower trade barriers during talks with Modi, Jaishankar

   SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend    Print this Page   COMMENT

Washington | June 26, 2019 9:41:18 AM IST
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will put forward the US' demand for reducing trade barriers imposed by India during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.

During the visit, "He (Pompeo) will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to discuss our ambitious shared agenda for the U.S.-India strategic partnership. There is enormous potential to grow our trade relationship and create the high-quality jobs that Prime Minister Modi wants if India lowers trade barriers and embraces fair and reciprocal trade," said an official statement.

Pompeo visit comes days after India imposed retaliatory tariffs on 25 American goods, less than two weeks after US President Donald Trump announced an end to preferential trade treatment for India over the trade barriers. Last year, India had announced tariffs in retaliation to higher US import duties on steel and aluminium.

Pompeo reached New Delhi later on Tuesday for his three-day visit ahead of Modi and Trump meet in Osaka, Japan on the sidelines of G-20 Summit.

"A big welcome to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. It's great to have you and your team in India. We look forward to excellent meetings to advance the U.S.-India strategic partnership," tweeted US Ambassador to India Ken Juster.

Diplomatic sources in India has also confirmed that issue pertaining to trade is likely to come up during the meeting.

Expressing optimism earlier this month, Pompeo picked up BJP election slogan 'Modi hai to mumkin hai' to express hope and to exude confidence in improving Indo-US strategic ties. Trump and Modi Administrations have a "unique opportunity" to make it happen, he asserted.

Pompeo is expected to raise other issues like data localisation and market access during the talks.

Iran issue might come up during the talks as after the US sanctions on Iran oil, Indian oil companies are also facing a tough time and many have reportedly stopped importing oil from Iran.

Diplomatic sources had said there is no structured agenda and New Delhi is expected to urge for de-escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran. They said there could be a discussion on the situation in the Persian Gulf region, which has a big Indian diaspora. (ANI)

 
  LATEST COMMENTS (0)
POST YOUR COMMENT
Comments Not Available
 
POST YOUR COMMENT
 
 
TRENDING TOPICS
 
 
CITY NEWS
MORE CITIES
 
 
 
MORE WORLD NEWS
Imran Khan's PTI govt installs biometric...
Turkey: 15 killed, 20 injured in bus acc...
Israeli forces arrest 11 Palestinians in...
Trump's racist remarks make racism as mo...
Dad offers 5,000 dirhams reward for miss...
Afghanistan: 12 killed, 40 wounded in Ta...
More...
 
INDIA WORLD ASIA
Allahabad HC to hear cricketer Shami's w...
Deploy less security officials in my cav...
Bengal BJP holds 'cut-money' protests in...
Woman TRS ward member arrested for thras...
Guwahati GRP arrest 2 women from train w...
Kerala Governor displeased over SFI stab...
More...    
 
 Top Stories
Sensex plunges 380 points, auto sto... 
K'taka: BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje of... 
Sonbhadra firing: UP govt suspends ... 
TDP government's scams will be expo... 
Niine Sanitary Napkins driving impr... 
Centre seeks extension of Assam NRC... 
Rajasthan: DM bars people from goin... 
Action would be taken in the land g...