At a news conference on Wednesday, Jaishankar and Pompeo acknowledged that issues such as market access, tariffs, GSP, data localisation and the impact of United States sanctions that have halted Iranian oil imports had figured in their discussions.
Mr Pompeo called on Mr Modi and held talks with Mr Jaishankar yesterday. The Secretary shared with me the American concerns on Iran.For us it is important that global energy supplies remain predictable. It may be recalled that in February a year ago, President Trump had mocked PM Modi on the issue of lowering of duties on Harley Davidson motorcycles. There he had conferred with the absolutist rulers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on further aggression against Iran, which is already the target of economic sanctions that are tantamount to war and a menacing USA military build-up. "I think there is a shared understanding of the threat and a common goal to ensure to keep energy at the right price and deter this threat", said Pompeo.
Shortly before leaving for Japan, the U.S. president told reporters on the White House lawn that he would be meeting leaders from different countries, "many of whom have been taking advantage of the United States - but not anymore".
Yet, welcome as the details of the administration's emerging plan are for many USA allies, critics claim that the strategy will have less overall impact than the Obama administration's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
PM Modi reiterated the priority that he attaches to relations with the USA and "outlined his vision for the strategic Partnership in the new tenure of the Government and beyond, building on strong foundation of trust and shared interest", said a government release. Differences on sticking points like data localisation by American multinationals and the stress on a report on religious freedom in India or the lack of it by the USA point to a divergence.
India and US have differences over many issues- H-1B visas, India's defence deals with Russian Federation and oil purchases from Iran, tariffs to name a few- but US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and India's Foreign Minister S Jaishankar put up a cordial front after the bilateral talks on Wednesday (June 26). "So you tell me who made those", he said. "Many of them are of some standing, they have a history so I think we will do what is in our national interest and again part of that strategic partnership is the ability of each country to comprehend and appreciate the national interest".
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In a policy speech hosted by the US embassy on Thursday evening, Pompeo said United States will ensure India receives adequate supplies of oil as New Delhi stops buying Iranian crude in line with USA sanctions on Tehran. For India too, after its foremost ally, the Soviet Union, ceased to exist it served its interests to move closer to the US. He added: "On trade and investment, the United States is today our largest trading partner. on some outstanding issues, particularly relating to trade, my urging was that we take a constructive and pragmatic view of that". Washington is also upset with New Delhi's plans to restrict cross-border data flows and impose stricter rules on e-commerce that hurt USA firms operating in India.
Pompeo said the two leaders didn't discuss a lifting of waivers but they agreed to work through the problems.
Trump's tweet also came a few hours after U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo had departed from Delhi.
The US and China have been locked in a bruising trade war since Trump imposed heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminium items from China in March past year, a move that sparked fears of a global trade war. "We have of course PM's initiative of a global conference on terrorism and I am sure that is something the United States would look at positively", Jaishankar said. The official report said religious freedom had come under attack in India and took note of mob lynchings by Hindu groups against members of the minority communities, particularly Muslims.
India's ruling elite has clearly been taken aback by the ever-expanding list of U.S. "asks" and by the descent of global geopolitics into the type of one against all rivalries that characterized the decade prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Jaishankar said everyone should not be carried away by the noise.