Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

US postpones high-level dialogue with India

US postpones high-level dialogue with India

Washington said that "When America's and India's defence and foreign ministers meet they will discuss ways the USA can continue to support India as a provider of regional security, particularly in and around the Indian Ocean".

India could withdraw the notification to levy additional duties on 29 U.S. products from August 4, if both sides are able to resolve differences over tariffs before that date, official sources said, after three rounds of talks with representatives of the U.S. administration in New Delhi.

Haley said she understood India "can't change its relationship with Iran in a day" but said she used a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi to encourage a reassessment.

On Wednesday, a senior U.S. State Department official had clarified that India must comply with the U.S. sanctions against Iran and bring oil imports to "zero" by its November 4 deadline.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, left, wave after a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential palace, in New Delhi, India, February 17, 2018.

"I also think for the future of India, and the future of being able to get resources and who they're dependent on, I would encourage them to rethink their relationship with Iran", she told broadcaster NDTV after an address in New Delhi. Washington said both the USA and India "must be global leaders in the fight against terrorism", hailing New Delhi as a "vital strategic partner". "It's important", she said.

Indian officials also planned to discuss the issue of sweeping United States sanctions on Russian Federation under which any country engaged with its defence and intelligence sectors could face secondary USA sanctions.

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and expressed regret over the dialogue postponement for "unavoidable reasons", said India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar in a tweet.

No new dates were announced for the meeting.

"We remain firmly committed to our partnership with India and look forward to rescheduling the 2+2 as soon as possible", he added.

India and the U.S. are having two track discussions - to increase trade in short and medium term, and identify long term trade potentials. Last week, New Delhi raised duties on U.S. farm products in retaliation against Trump's tariff hikes on steel and aluminium. The U.S. strictures follow President Trump's decision in May to pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) multilateral nuclear deal and subsequently bring in the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) law that sanctions countries dealing with the Washington's "adversaries". India and South Korea, both close USA allies, are among the largest importers of Iranian crude oil. "We have countries where, as an example India, they charge up as much as 100% tariff".

Haley visited India in 2014 when she was governor of SC.

Nikki then went on to visit Jama Masjid and interacted with a child who was sitting outside the mosque.

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