External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting, in New Delhi, Wednesday, June 26. (Source: PTI)

Jaishankar Urges Constructive, Pragmatic View On Trade In Meeting With Mike Pompeo

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Pompeo Stresses Close Ties in India Visit But Differences Linger

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and his Indian counterpart stressed the strength of their two countries’ ties after a morning of meetings but reported little progress in resolving disputes over trade, defense and energy that have weighed on the partnership.

“Harmonizing our interests and our views, that’s really the task of diplomacy and I think secretary Pompeo would agree with me today that we have earned our pay,” External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said at a briefing alongside the top U.S. diplomat in New Delhi Wednesday. He said a key part of having a strategic relationship “is to comprehend the other nation’s interest.”

Mike Pompeo, S Jaishankar Joint Press Conference

Iran Is The World's Largest Sponsor Of Terror, Says Pompeo

There’s a shared understanding of threat (from Iran), and a common purpose to ensure that we can keep energy at the right prices; and deter this threat, not only the threat in the narrow confines of the Middle East, but the threat that this terror regime poses to the entire world.
Mike Pompeo, State Secretary, U.S.

Pompeo On India's S-400 Deal With Russia & Trade Disputes

  • India is an important partner for the U.S.; there are issues at the moment and we will find a way to work through them.
  • U.S. endeavours that each country can provide security for itself.

GSP Issue Did Not Come Up, Says Mike Pompeo

When asked if the two ministers discussed the U.S. government’s decision to withdraw trade benefits to India under the Generalised System of Preferences, Pomeo said that the issue did not come up.

However, “we are going to do our best to make sure all the right people get into the right places and work through these problems and get on with the business of growing each of our two economies,” he said.

Also read: Suspension Of India’s Preferential Status Under GSP Is “Done Deal”, Says U.S.

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