Hopeful India, US will find ‘mutually satisfactory’ solution to bilateral differences: Indian envoy

Hopeful that India and the United States will find a mutually satisfactory solution to their bilateral differences, the Indian Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that the two countries should not allow minor speed bumps to come in the way of what is a great relationship. Shringlas comments came after US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that India and the United States working together will make the world a better place and despite differences, the two sides are going to come together. He made the remarks in an apparent reference to the trade and tariff differences between the two countries. We should not allow these minors speed bumps to come in the way of what is a great relationship, Speaking at the Second Leadership Summit of US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF) on Thursday, the Indian envoy said the relationship between the two countries be seen as in strategic and not tactical terms. He said that many of the speakers at the day-long event alluded to the fact that the two countries share a strategic relationship. Also read: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump during their meeting in Osaka, Japan on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit last month agreed to empower their ministers Since then, Goyal has initiated two telephonic conversations with Lighthizer, the diplomat said in response to a question. They are speaking to a wide range of interlocutors from our side. Today, they had meetings with a combined delegation of our Ministry of Commerce and External Affairs, I think those potentials are still to be achieved and we need to make sure that in order to move forward, we clear our table of some of the outstanding issues that are there, He said that he believes that no aspect of the relationship is greater than the whole. Following the Modi-Trump meeting in Osaka, the two countries, he said, are looking at a road map of several meetings from now until later this year, which will build upon and provide momentum to that relationship in the areas of defence, homeland security, commerce trade and industry. There is a trend towards liberalisation, a trend towards accommodating more foreign direct investments, allowing greater participation in the Indian economy and making sure that there is adequate benefits for those who come into the economy, he said.