US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet Jaishankar today; Iran, H1B visa, trade on agenda
New Delhi, June 25: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Delhi on Tuesday for talks with government leaders over a growing list of trade and investment issues that have cast a shadow over ties between the two big democracies.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Pompeo will hold talks on Wednesday with India's purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, terrorism, H1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran likely to be on the table, along with a host of other issues.
Pompeo's visit came ahead of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, which will be held in Osaka, Japan from June 28-29.
Pompeo's visit comes amid soaring tensions between US and Iran with Trump on Monday imposing fresh sanctions on Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and a string of military chiefs.
The trade wars between the two countries has impacted several countries including India as the US last year, had reimposed sanctions on Iranian oil imports. The recent drone attack on the oil tanker in the Gulf, which the US blamed Iran for, had once again left the oil markets in a lurch.
H-1B visa on agenda
The Trump administration has tightened the noose on firms violating H-1B visa rules. President Donald Trump has himself accused many IT companies of abusing the work visas to deny jobs to American workers.
Two years ago, Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American executive order, which seeks to create higher wages and employment rates for US workers and to protect their economic interests by rigorously enforcing and administering our immigration laws.
It directed the Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with other agencies, to advance policies to help ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries.
The H-1B visa programme is the main vehicle through which US employers can sponsor skilled foreign workers for admission.