Jaishankar-Pompeo discuss trade at their fourth meeting in four months

Edited By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Oct 01, 2019, 08.35 AM(IST)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. Photograph:( WION )

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Jaishankar is in Washington after his New York visit during which he met more than 40 of his counterparts.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Monday. 
 
This was the fourth meeting between Jaishankar and Pompeo in the last four months. They first met during Pompeo's Delhi visit, followed by a dialogue during Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' meeting in Bangkok, then again last week at the first-ever Quad Foreign Ministers Meeting in New York and now in Washington.
 
The Indo-Pacific region, counter-terrorism, trade, and Afghanistan remained the key issues during the meeting.
 
Jaishankar is in Washington after his New York visit during which he met more than 40 of his counterparts.

EAM in a tweet said that he had a "good conversation" with US Secretary of State on how to "further progress of our bilateral relations. "

He tweeted," discussed important regional and global issues. Welcomed the continuing development of a key partnership."

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The meet also comes two days after PM Modi concluded his week-long high profile US visit. The visit, many believe, helped bring US and India closer.
 
Both US President Donald Trump and PM Modi endorsed each other during the Indian diaspora event ''Howdy Modi" in Houston that saw the participation of 50,000 people, mostly Indian Americans.
 
Using Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again", PM said, Trump has achieved a lot for the United States and endorsed him by saying "abki baar Trump sarkar".
 
Trump meanwhile, called PM Modi "one of Americas most devoted and most loyal friends" who is "doing a truly exceptional job for India and all of the Indian people".

Both sides are working on a trade agreement. Trade Minister Piyush Goyal met Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week in New York.
 
President Donald Trump and PM Modi have met four times in the last four months - On the sidelines of G20 summit in Osaka, sidelines of the G7 summit in France, the Houston diaspora event & the bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. 
 
Both sides are working on US President Donald trump's first India visit later this year. Talks are already underway for the visit and US President Donald Trump also hinted at it when he spoke at the diaspora event last week in Texas.
 
"Thousands in Mumbai will watch the first-ever NBA game in India... am I invited, Mr Prime Minister? I may come, be careful I may come", Trump said.

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