India to find common ground on trade issues with US
New Delhi, June 26: India would look to find a common ground on trade issues with the United States during talks to be held with US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo.
On the issue of the situation arising out of the ending of exemptions from US sanctions to buy oil from Iran, the diplomatic sources here said a decision will be taken based on India's energy security and commercial considerations.
The engagement with the US will continue on how it can help India get alternative supplies.
Afghanistan, Pakistan and the de-escalation of the Persian Gulf crisis are some of the key issues that would also be discussed during the visit. Pompeo's visit would begin with a pre-lunch meeting with Minister for External Affairs, S Jaishankar. He would then be hosted for a lunch by the foreign minister following which he would meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pompeo would leave for Osaka on Thursday for the G20 Summit.
Terrorism would take centre stage during the visit. Both India and US have been raising concerns about the growth of terror in Pakistan. India would point out the lack of action taken by Pakistan in the aftermath of the 26/11, Pathankot, Uri, Nagrota and Pulwama attacks. Further India would also discuss the shelter being given to Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan, who is one of the major funders of terror in the region.
India would also discuss the crisis in the Persian Gulf. India would raise concerns about the growing escalation while pointing out that it could lead to problems for its nine million expat population in the Gulf. Apart from this, the tension would also lead to disruption in the 60 per cent of its oil supplies which comes from West Asia.
Also on the discussion table would be the defence procurements. The purchase of the 24 MH60 Romeo Seahawk naval choppers and a missile defence shield for Delhi are on the verge of finalisation. There would also be discussions on India acquiring armed drones from the US.
Officials tell OneIndia that on Afghanistan, India would emphasise that it is in favour of an Afghan people led and controlled peace process. The peace process should not undermine the political gains made over the years which also resulted in the establishment of a constitution and a proper Afghan government. Currently the peace talks between the Taliban and US is brokered by Pakistan and India has objected strongly to the same.