Talks on between India, US for ‘new and better’ trade deals: officials

By: PTI | Washington | Published: September 11, 2018 3:15:09 pm

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman pose after a joint news conference. (Reuters)

Negotiations for “new and better” trade deals between the US and India that meet the needs of both the countries are at the beginning stages, senior Trump administration officials have said.

India and the US last week held their maiden 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi during which a long-negotiated defence pact under which critical and encrypted defence technologies will be provided to the Indian military by the US was inked.

According to the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells, primarily being a strategic dialogue, trade related issues were also discussed. “A number of administration officials just recently came back from India. They expressed their willingness to negotiate new and better trade deals, and those conversations are at the beginning stages,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference.

The conversation between the two countries was how can they grow their trade relationship in a fair and reciprocal manner,…

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