U.S., India seal military communications pact, plan more exercises

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left shakes hand with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a two-plus-two setting. In both countries, they have a strong technological bent in India, so this two-way street, not a one-way.

He noted access to Iranian oil imports were vital to India's growth in the coming decades, while the United States is demanding allies cut trade with Tehran.

Despite the friendly tone of the summit, there are plenty of issues India and the United States do not see eye-to-eye on.

The U.S. and India have drawn closer in recent years, anxious about China's rise in Pakistan, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, Reuters reported.

He mentioned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement at the Shangri-La Dialogue last June that said 'a commitment to common values must be shared - the foundation upon which we build a shared destiny'.

During the 2+2 Dialogue, officials from India and the United States look forward to discussing diplomatic and security issues.

The American withdrawal has entailed not only the re-imposition of unilateral USA sanctions on Iran but also the so-called secondary sanctions on third countries that would continue to do business with the Islamic Republic. "India has a clear idea of itself as a major regional power.so it needs an autonomous perspective on ties with third countries", Joshi said.

Addressing a joint press conference, Swaraj said the recent decision by the U.S. to put India in the list of countries eligible for Strategic Trade Authorisation Tier-I License Exemption reflected India's robust and responsible export control policies.

Sitharaman at the press conference had said: "We have acquired various advanced defence platforms from the US".

Seperately, Dunford said, "India is one of our premier security partners and an important and influential global leader".

There are sticking points, however, including the purchase by India of Iranian oil and the Russian S-400 ground-to-air missile system, which could trigger US sanctions on India. "Many countries are in a place where they - it takes a little bit of time to unwind, and we'll work with them, I am sure, to find an outcome that makes sense", the top United States diplomat said.

"The ministers denounced any use of terrorist proxies in the region, and in this context, they called on Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries", it said.

Pompeo told reporters after the meeting that no resolution had been made on the issue. "We have agreed to speed up the process of India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group", Swaraj said.

Modi, he notes, is long past the days when, as the top official in the Indian state of Gujarat, he was denied a USA visa because of accusations he did not do enough to quell 2002 Hindu-Muslim riots. Modi "has seen a lot worse than people mocking his accent".

In a special gesture, Swaraj received Secretary Pompeo at the airport here yesterday while Sitharaman welcomed Secretary Mattis, reflecting the importance India attaches to their visit here. Khan said later he was optimistic he could reset the relationship with Washington after the US cut aid payments over Islamabad's alleged failure to combat the country's militants.

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