What is COMCASA? And how will it benefit India?

What is COMCASA? And how will it benefit India?

What is COMCASA? And how will it benefit India?

Pompeo said the "2+2" talks were "forward looking".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that Washington will revisit the vexed issues of trade imbalance and market access, and keep piling pressure on India to roll back its defence ties with Russian Federation and oil imports from Iran.

The talks were scheduled to last just a few hours and focus on strategic and security topics.

Pompeo said the USA values its relationship with India, and noted "we fully support India's rise". In both countries, they have a strong technological bent in India, so this two-way street, not a one-way.

Mattis said the two sides also agreed to "increase and expand our engagement in the maritime domain" with a new joint exercise on India's coast in 2019, and a hotline between the two countries.

"The sanctions aren't meant to adversely impact countries like India".

In an apparent reference to China and its Belt and Road initiative - which floods developing countries with cash for infrastructure projects that sometimes can not be repaid - Pompeo said the U.S. and India wish to pursue "fundamental rights and liberties and prevent external economic coercion".

Asserting that counterterrorism cooperation between India and the USA has acquired a new qualitative edge and objective, Swaraj said they have agreed to deepen ties in worldwide forums like the United Nations and the Financial Action Task Force.

Despite Trump's efforts, government officials in India, the world's third biggest oil importer and Iran's top oil client after China, have been talking about wanting to continue trade ties, especially for oil, with Iran.

The format was first agreed to past year, during a visit to the US by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting with US President Donald Trump.

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The ministers committed to enhance their ongoing cooperation in multilateral fora such as the United Nations and Financial Action Task Force (FATF), and reaffirmed their support for a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that will advance and strengthen the framework for global cooperation and reinforce the message that no cause or grievance justifies terrorism, the joint statement said.

"We have acquired various advanced defense platforms from the U.S. We are thus partners in building defense capability in the broadest sense of the term", she said.

"Defense cooperation has emerged as the most significant dimension of our strategic partnership and as a key driver of our overall bilateral relationship", she said.

"Today our partnership has become one of the most consequential in the region and in the world", Mattis said.

But U.S. military sales to India have expanded rapidly - going from zero in 2008 to $15 billion this year.

Europe, Russia, and China are now working with Iran to map out a potential course without the US.

In 2016, Washington designated India as a "major defence partner", making it easier for the two countries to do arms deals.

Raja Mohan downplayed reports in the USA and Indian media that Trump has mimicked Modi's accent in meetings with his top officials. Modi "has seen a lot worse than people mocking his accent".

The four ministers who huddled together seemed blissfully unaware that India lives in its region, which includes the two great "revisionist powers" in modern history that the United States is determined to counter - Russian Federation and China - and also two extraordinarily tenacious neighbours - Iran and Pakistan - whom Washington tries in vain to encircle.

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