US, India Ink Deal to Expand Defense Ties

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The two sides also discussed the ongoing efforts by India and the United States in promoting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan government-controlled reconciliation process, that brings together all ethnic groups and political formation in that country, the minister added.

The pact enables high-transfer of power. The sources said text of the agreement is nearly ready. "India is going to buy more energy products and aircraft from the U.S.", he said. "I think that we're pretty much there already, on the American side", Mattis added.

US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis (left), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pose for photos as they present media statements in New Delhi on September 6, 2018. As part of its ongoing "trade war" with the United States, China banned the importation of USA oil and gas earlier this year.

India and the US Thursday held the first edition of the two-plus-two talks, aimed at further strengthening bilateral defence and security collaboration as well as boosting their global strategic partnership, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.

"It is essential that it devote sufficient time and consistent effort towards anticipating problems and implementing an overall strategy that helps deepen this growing relationship and facilitate abiding trust moving forward", he said.

On the difference with India on the issue of trade, Pompeo said, the USA wanted it to be "very straightforward, free, fair and reciprocal". He also stressed promoting market-based economics and good governance. The two countries also asked Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control was not used to launch terror attacks on other countries. Other such deals can be expected during the dialogue, especially after the U.S. granted Strategic Trade Authorisation (STA-1) status to India.

They come amid a series of divisive issues, including Washington's demands that India stop buying Iranian oil and Russian military supplies, and even news reports that President Donald Trump has mimicked the accent of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.




Early Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis participated in a bilateral meeting with their Indian counterparts in New Dehli.

In May, the U.S. withdrew from the landmark Iran nuclear deal and re-imposed the sanctions that had been suspended in return for curbs on Tehran's nuclear programme. The United States has emerged as India's second largest arms supplier, closing $15 billion worth of deals in the past decade.

If the U.S. decides to implement sanctions against India due to their purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems, then all three countries will lose, Indian political expert and distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation Nandan Unnikrishnan told TASS on Thursday.

Some sanctions came in effect on August 6 and the rest, notably in the petroleum sector, on November 4.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar called the meeting between Swaraj and Pompeo a "productive" engagement.

"Our position on the issue will be conveyed to the USA", said a high-level official source. "And so very consistent what President Trump is seeking all around the world are the things we talked about with our Indian counterparts here today", Pompeo said in response to a question.

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