India Describes Relationship with US as 'Positive'

Ahead of a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to New Delhi next week, the Indian foreign ministry said that the “overall direction of the relationship with the US remains very positive.”Pompeo’s visit from June 25th, aimed at strengthening their strategic partnership, will be first high-level engagement between the two countries since Prime Minister Narendra Modi won reelection.But the visit comes in the wake of rising trade tensions between the two countries after Washington ended preferential treatment for India this month and New Delhi slapped higher tariffs on 28 American goods.Playing down reports of growing friction on the economic front, foreign ministry spokesman, Raveesh Kumar, said on Thursday that despite all the talk about trade issues, overall trade between the two countries has grown to $ 150 billion. “We look upon this visit as an opportunity to discuss all the issues which will be on the table."“We look upon this visit as an opportunity to discuss all the issues which will be on the table,........


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