Published: Fri, September 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

With new pact, US, India can now share 'sensitive technology'

With new pact, US, India can now share 'sensitive technology'

In exchange, the U.S. committed to helping India become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), and turn a blind eye to Delhi building the Chabahar port in Iran, and the purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russian Federation as part of a $6 billion (Rs 40,000 crore) deal. Other such deals can be expected during the dialogue, especially after the United States granted Strategic Trade Authorisation (STA-1) status to India.

Last week, a top United States government official warned India that Washington can not guarantee New Delhi a special waiver from sanctions if it buys new weapons platforms from Moscow.

A senior US State Department official, who was not named in reports, said on Thursday that American and Indian officials were engaged in "very detailed conversations" to persuade India to stop oil imports from the Islamic Republic.

"They will certainly come up, but I don't think they will be the primary focus of what it is we're trying to accomplish here", said Secretary Pompeo.

As Pompeo told American journalists: "In Pakistan yesterday (Wednesday), we agreed that it's time to start delivering on our joint commitments".

The drills would be a first of sorts - the two countries' forces have not previously trained simultaneously in the air, on the land and at sea, Reuters reported.

James Mattis had earlier asserted that India and the U.S. will have a very transparent dialogue. Isn't it a heady thought that the U.S. could be India's "silent partner" in any conflict in Doklam? "That doesn't mean we don't respect the sovereignty of others", Mattis added.

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In May, Trump pulled the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and said other countries, including India, must stop buying oil from Tehran before November 4 or face USA sanctions.

U.S. -India ties, she said, have reached "unprecedented heights".

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".

The world's two largest democracies have drawn closer in recent years, seeking ways to counter-balance China's spreading influence across Asia, notably in Pakistan, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean. Taking on China's rising power is the much more important challenge.

Known by its acronym COMCASA, the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement provides the legal mechanism to allow for exchange of cyber communications, surveillance data, transfer of communication equipment and setting up secure communication channels. "In the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 attacks, we recognized the importance of justice and retribution for the masterminds behind this terrorist attack", the statement read. Khan said later he was optimistic he could reset the relationship with Washington after the USA cut aid payments over Islamabad's alleged failure to combat the country's militants.

"I sought Secretary Pompeo's support to nurture our people-to-people links".

The impulse to strengthen ties with India also perhaps explains why the United States downplayed its concerns over New Delhi trading with Moscow and Tehran. Yet, India's oil imports from Iran plunged by a third in August as state refiners waited for government permission to buy oil using Iranian tankers and cover.

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