Pompeo, along with Defence Secretary James Mattis, held the first 2+2 Dialogue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Thursday. "They will certainly come up, but I don't think they will be the primary focus of what it is we are trying to accomplish here", he said.
Aside from agreeing to joint drills, the two countries also signed a "Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement".
Roemer, who was a top United States diplomat in the previous Obama administration, said it is a telling sign of how little the Trump administration has prioritised India that this critical relationship, where both sides stand to heavily benefit, is not moving steadily forward. India's move to purchase the system S-400 system could affect future military purchases or the annual Malabar military exercise between the two countries. Boosting defence and security cooperation will also be a priority.
The world's two largest democracies have drawn closer in recent years, seeking ways to counterbalance China's spreading influence across Asia, notably in Pakistan, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.
The two sides also discussed the ongoing efforts by India and the United States in promoting an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan government-controlled reconciliation process, that brings together all ethnic groups and political formation in that country, the minister added.
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The US welcomed India's accession to three major non-proliferation regimes and reiterated its full support for India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG). And, Washington and New Delhi share concerns over Pakistan-based anti-Western and anti-Indian Islamist militant groups.
Once the communications accord is in place it could lead to the sale of an armed version of Guardian drones, as Washington has so far only authorized the sale of unarmed, surveillance versions of the aircraft.
India is planning to buy five S-400 Triumf missile air defence systems from Russian Federation for around $4.5 billion.
"They are (missile system purchase from Russian Federation and oil from Iran) part of the conversation".
However, a new defence bill proposes giving the U.S. president authority to grant waivers when national security interests are at stake.
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Hindustan Times learns that contrary to what was expected, the issue of a possible visit by US President Donald Trump to India early next year was not taken up during the meeting but that PM Modi asked the visiting dignitaries to convey his greetings to their President.
"India attaches the highest priority to its strategic partnership with the United States".
At a press conference, Pompeo said United States understood countries like India will "take time to unwind" and work with them even as he said India had been told that on November 4 sanctions with respect to Iranian crude oil will be enforced, and though waivers will be considered, the U.S. expects purchases of Iranian crude oil to go to zero from every country.
"We're asking all of our partners, not just India, to reduce to zero oil imports from Iran and so I'm confident that will be part of our conversation with India", the official said.
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Traffic from various parts of South 24 Parganas and Behala were also diverted from the Diamond Park area, an officer said. Currently, state disaster teams are at the spot and are trying to rescue those trapped with aid from locals.