Pompeo Visit To India

By Moderator June 25, 2019 10:57

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled for a three-day visit to India from June 25-27

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  • This will be the first high-level engagement between India and the US after NDA’s return to power for a second term.
  • Pompeo’s visit to India comes in the backdrop of escalating tensions between the US and Iran and trade differences between New Delhi and Washington.
  • Pompeo is scheduled to meet External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi
  • Pompeo’s visit will provide “an important opportunity for both sides to explore further ways to strengthen India-US strategic partnership”
  • The two sides will hold high-level engagements on matters of mutual interest including bilateral, regional and global issues.

Areas of Convergence

  1. Terror: Amid growing concern that Pakistan is not taking concrete actions to uproot terror groups targeting India, New Delhi is set to highlight that Islamabad has not moved on the Mumbai, Pathankot, Uri and Pulwama terror attack probes. In February, Trump had said that he understands “India’s desire for very strong action” in the light of the Pulwama attack
  2. Afghanistan: As the US and Taliban open fresh talks to end America’s longest war, India will be hoping to counter Pakistan’s influence in the war-torn nation. India is for an Afghan people-led peace process
  3. Defence purchases: A number of high-end military hardware acquisitions from the US are in the pipeline that includes the purchase of 24 MH60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters, 10 P8I long-range reconnaissance aircraft, six more Apache-64 helicopters and the possible purchase of multi-role fighters from the Pentagon
  4. Rising China: Pompeo will seek to advance American strategic partnership with India especially as both countries are wary of the growing military might of China in the Indo-Pacific region

Areas of Friction

  1. Trade: Pompeo hopes to kick-start a process to resolve mounting trade differences between the two countries with recent escalations being India announcing retaliatory tariffs on imports from the US and the United States ending duty-free imports from India under the GSP programme
  2. Iran: There is a concern in India amid growing escalation between the US and Iran as it could lead to disruption in its oil supplies, 60% of which come from West Asia. Washington, meanwhile, has been pressing New Delhi to scour for alternative sources for its growing hydrocarbon needs in the world market
  3. H-1B: India is alarmed over the possibility of the US considering restrictions on the H-1B work visa. The US said this week it was undertaking a “review” of the H-1B programme but said it was “not targeted at India”
  4. S-400: The US has been reiterating its call to India to “forego” purchase of Russian S-400s that could leave India open to US sanctions and urged New Delhi to look at alternatives. US has offered India THAAD and PAC-3 missile defence systems as alternatives.

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By Moderator June 25, 2019 10:57