US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to India is to deepen and broaden the bilateral relationship and also focussing on some key issues in trade ties.
- Pompeo arrived in New Delhi for talks that are aimed at laying the ground for a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the week at a G20 meeting in Japan.
- This bilateral meeting will be about expanding security, energy and space cooperation.
- The two countries will also be gearing up for their first-ever tri-service military exercises in the Bay of Bengal later this year.
- Modi and Trump are also expected to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for an India-US-Japan trilateral to discuss Indo-Pacific region.
- US experts are hoping this visit will resolve longstanding irritants over trade and market access for U.S. firms.
Both governments are exploring the possibility of another meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Modi at the UN General Assembly in September this year.
Mr. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will head to Washington for the annual 2+2 summit around the same time.
Strained relationship between India-USA
With higher tariffs imposed by the US on Indian products like steel and aluminum, India on its response has hiked the custom duties on
as many as 28 US products, including almond, apple, pulses, and walnut
With India-USA trade relation getting difficult, it is expected that this visit can smooth the rough edges.