• Saturday, August 13, 2022


Thorny trade, defense issues await US diplomats in India

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Photo by Rod Lamkey/Getty Images)

By: Keerthi Mohan

Two of President Donald Trump’s top officials are finally heading for talks in India this week after Washington twice pulled the plug on the summit. The so-called 2+2 dialogue will see secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defense secretary Jim Mattis meet with their Indian counterparts on a range of key defense and trade issues. Both sides are likely to herald Thursday’s (06) talks – the first of their kind between the two nations – as proof positive of their rapidly growing strategic partnership in the region. But between the friendly photo calls and soundbites, the diplomats must smooth a slew of…

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