India, US to hold key talks in September | 2018-07-21 |

India, US to hold key talks in September

    20th July, 2018 10:33:47 printer

NEW DELHI: India will host US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and defence chief James Mattis in September for high-level talks that were postponed twice earlier, the foreign ministry said Friday, reports AFP.   

The meeting comes amid differences between the two countries over trade issues and the US threat of sanctions on Delhi if it continues to deal with Iran—its key energy supplier—or Russia.

Pompeo and Mattis will hold talks with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on September 6 in what is called the 2+2 dialogue, the foreign ministry spokesman said.

“The 2+2 meeting will cover a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues of shared interest, with a view to strengthening strategic and security ties between the two countries,” he said in a statement.

The talks were first meant to be held in April and then in June but they were postponed on both the occasions, triggering speculation of a possible rift between the two countries.