UN Envoy Nikki Haley Vows Deeper Military, Economic Cooperation with India

Jun 29, 2018, 18:40
UN Envoy Nikki Haley Vows Deeper Military, Economic Cooperation with India

Nikki Haley is an American politician who is now the 29th United States Ambassador to the United Nations is in India from June 26-28.

"But we can not tolerate its government, or any other government, giving safe haven to terrorists".

However, issues like India's "high" trade tariffs on United States imports and New Delhi's economic and military ties with Iran and Moscow, respectively, have created a gap with the Trump administration and the postponing of the "2+2 dialogue" could have happened because of that.

Haley further stressed on the importance of freedom of religion.

"But, unlike India, China does not share our commitment to democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental freedoms. Our nations can only be held together with tolerance and respect", she said.

It has also been decided that both India and the US will closely collaborate on a maritime security architecture through the Indo-PAC Command of the US Navy.

The statement did not say whether Haley raised the issue of India cutting its dependence on Iranian oil following the USA decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. "There is a lot of things that India and the US have in common", she said.

Closer trade ties seem incongruous less than a year after troops from the two nuclear-armed nations faced off in a dispute in the remote Doklam Plateau between India, Bhutan and Tibet, triggered by China's attempt to build a road there.

At a recent foreign ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a China-led group, India was the only member country not to endorse China's Belt and Road plans.

Haley and Modi on Wednesday discussed ways to enhance India-US cooperation, including on counterterrorism, said a statement by Modi's office.

It was the sudden "classified travel" of USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo that resulted in the last-minute deferral of the so-called 2-plus-2 dialogue between India and the U.S. originally scheduled for July 6, senior Indian officials involved in talks with the USA said.

" India-US relations are multi-faceted and on a vast canvass". They also pointed to the fact that a U.S. trade delegation led by assistant USA trade representative Mark Linscott is now in Delhi negotiating the way to address bilateral trade concerns.

U.S. -India relations have generally prospered in the past decade, in part due to their shared concerns about the rise of China. "With the Human Rights Council, I personally went to Geneva a year ago.You had a council which was supposed to protect human rights but there were human rights violations taking place in Venezuela".

Minister of State for External Affairs VK Singh and his USA counterpart John Sullivan spoke over the agenda for the 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Buenos Aires in May - on the sidelines of the G20 Ministerial Meeting.

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