[Emerging trade tensions working as a key irritant in an otherwise robust relationship between US and India, and Indian tariffs on American goods and access to the Indian market is being complained repeatedly by the U.S. president Donald Trump.]
Positive developments have been noted by India and US in trade talks, but they are expecting early results from their negotiators regarding the importance of economic ties for the health of larger bilateral relationship.
S Jaishankar, the external affairs minister after his meeting with Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state told Indian media outlet reporters on Monday, , “it was felt by both of us that while there is progress in trade issue, we still need to see early results that is important for the larger relationship”.
Emerging trade tensions working as a key irritant in an otherwise robust relationship between US and India, and Indian tariffs on American goods and access to the Indian market is being complained repeatedly by the U.S. president Donald Trump.
In recent days with new urgency, trade talks has been engaged by Piyush Goyal, the commerce minister and Robert Lighthizer, the US trade representative but without being able to hammer out a mini deal which was expected to be announced during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Recent visit to the US.
Details about the negotiations were refrained by Jaishankar saying they were ongoing.
After his bilateral meeting with Modi, trade was described as the biggest issue by Trump, added that the two sides should seriously talk about this matter. A trade deal is being worked by the two countries in the near term with a larger deal down the road a little bit.
On Monday, a note was written by Ian Bremmer, head of the Eurasia group, who met Jaishankar in New York last week that, “one quick fix can be done by reducing tariffs and another is a broader modernization and aligned standards pact”.
While asked Trump’s constant offering for mediating on Kashmir, said Jaishankar, “India have been possessing clear notion on this matter for 40 years that no mediation will be accepted and all the necessary discussion will be done bilaterally, between India and Pakistan”.
“I’m very much clear and concerned, the issue belongs to whom? And who need to take care of it? For both the questions the answer would be “me”. And while it is my problem and I am the one who need to take the call then it is completely upto me whether I allow someone’s mediation or not. You can make your offers as you please, but if it does not seem relevant to me it would not happen”, said by him.
Before meeting Pompeo, Jaishankar was speaking separately to American reporters and he said, “Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called jihad against India solely in order to make the situation more dramatic, but India will not follow that path. He also said, “Kashmir issue is nobody else’s business”.
India’s ‘sovereign right’ to buy weapons was also defended by Jaishankar by saying that no state has the right to interfere and tell India to not but military hardware from Russia. It was regarding India’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems which could attract US sanctions.
It was not discussed in his meeting with Pompeo and neither the issue related to Iranian oil sanctions.
India’s “immediate region” was discussed by him and Pompeo in their third meeting, that may include Pakistan and Afghanistan, the larger Asian landscape, the east region of Asia and Southeast Asia and the gulf, said Jaishankar.
Jaishankar had scheduled meeting and for the very first time with Mark Esper, the US defense secretary, NSA Robert O’Brien and Kevin McAleenan, the acting homeland security secretary.
Jaishankar mentioned his regret for not being able to meet lawmakers as congress is not in session. Congress is a compulsory stop for us as it is the most supportive of all US institutions, said by him. After meeting the speaker Nancy Pelosi they jointly headline a Gandhi anniversary event on Wednesday.
Hold on hearing about “Human rights in South Asia” on 22nd October has been announced meanwhile, by Congressman Brad Sherman, chairman of the House subcommittee on Asia. The hearing will be focused on Kashmir valley, where the daily life, the internet and telephone communications was interrupted and many political activist were arrested, a statement from his office said. The humanitarian situation in Kashmir will also be reviewed.
Trump administration’s point person for South Asia, Alice Wells and Scott Busby, the deputy assistant secretary of the bureau of democracy, human rights and labour, will be testified at the hearing.
It will also be focused on the human rights situation in Pakistan, also Muslims in Assam and the Tamils from Sri Lanka.