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India will do what is in its national interest: Jaishankar to Pompeo on S-400 deal

PTI New Delhi | Updated on June 26, 2019 Published on June 26, 2019

Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attend a joint news conference after a meeting in New Delhi, India, June 26, 2019.   -  REUTERS

India told the US that it will go by its national interest while dealing with other countries, including with sanctions-hit Russia from whom New Delhi is procuring S-400 missile defence systems.

This was conveyed by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to his American counterpart Mike Pompeo during an extensive bilateral meeting here.

In a joint press interaction, Pompeo said India is an important partner of the US and that the bilateral ties were reaching new heights.

Also read: Jaishankar, Pompeo hold talks to strengthen Indo-US partnership

While answering a question on the issue of sanctions under the US’ Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) which may also impact India’s procurement of the S400 systems from Moscow, Jaishankar said that India has relationships with several countries.

“We have many relationships...they have a history. We will do what is in our national interest and part of that strategic partnership is the ability of each country to comprehend and appreciate the national interest of the other,” Jaishankar said.

On the issue of terrorism, Jaishankar said that he expressed appreciation for strong support of the Trump administration.

Also read: Pompeo meets PM Modi, discusses key strategic issues

Pompeo, who arrived here Tuesday night, also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the morning and discussed various aspects of the Indo-US relationship. The US Secretary of State’s meetings with the Indian leadership are the first high-level interactions between the two countries after the return of the Modi government to power last month.

Pompeo’s visit comes ahead of a meeting between Modi and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, later this week.

Published on June 26, 2019

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