U.S. 2+2 Dialogue: Landmark defence pact COMCASA inked; H1B discussed

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Sushma Swaraj will have a separate bilateral meeting with Mike Pompeo while Nirmala Sitharaman will have a one-on-one meeting with James Mattis on Thursday morning before the delegation-level two-plus-two talks. The U.S.is also unhappy about India's reluctance to cut trade relations with Iran.

On the issue of India's oil imports from Iran, the USA has told every nation that sanctions with respect to Iranian crude oil will be enforced from November 4, said Pompeo.

Both sides were committed to the full implementation of the civil nuclear energy partnership and collaboration between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and Westinghouse Electric Company for the establishment of six nuclear power plants in India, the statement said.

The Americans are also believed to have come to terms with India building a port in Iran's Chabahar, thereby busting US-led sanctions against Iran - clearly, the Indian port-building will be carried out with U.S. permission. The mechanism was agreed upon by US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone in August previous year, but will only materialize after being cancelled twice for various reasons in April and July.

"Without our permission, the USA will not be able to share the details with any other country", said a source, adding the United States will not be able to force India to make any procurement of military hardware because of signing of the pact.

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"Our effort here is not to penalize great strategic partners like India", he said.

The remarks by India's Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman at the joint press conference regarding the "most productive, positive and purposeful" 2+2 meeting sounded euphoric: "Today's meeting marks a defining moment ... They are meant to be a - have an impact on the sanctioned country, which is Russian Federation", the secretary of state said. Data acquired through such systems can not be disclosed or transferred to any person or entity without India's consent.

There are sticking points, however, including the purchase by India of Iranian oil and the Russian S-400 ground-to-air missile system, which could trigger USA sanctions on India.

"The landmark agreement deepens our military to military cooperation and our ability to share the most advanced defense technology, making us both stronger", Mattis said.

Pompeo and Mattis later met Modi, and the top US diplomat conveyed Trump's support for "India's role as a leading global power and regional security provider", the State Department said.

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None of the four officials who spoke to reporters after the summit but did not take questions mentioned whether the S-400 issue had come up.

Pompeo said the accord was a "major step" forward that officials have previously said would allow the U.S.to transfer high-tech equipment such as armed surveillance drones.

"This government is pragmatic", Mohan said.

Before coming to India, Pompeo held talks in Islamabad with Pakistan's new government and generals, aiming to smooth over tensions after President Donald Trump took a tough new line towards Pakistan over longstanding accusations it is not doing enough to root out Afghan Taliban fighters on its territory. The visit came days after the U.S. announced cutting $300 million military aid to Pakistan.

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