Jaishankar hopes to have serious discussions on commerce issues with Biden admin



There was once a rather serious negotiation between India and the Trump administration on resolving the outstanding commerce issues in addition to to clinch a commerce deal, Outside Matters Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday while hoping to have talks over it with the Biden dispensation.

The outside matters minister said the point of interest of the talks was once to address the “differences” before moving towards “something bigger”.

Participating in an interactive session at the once a year general assembly of industry body FICCI, Jaishankar said the United States economy was once in large part a “complementary” one and that there was once no essential conflict of interests” between the two sides though there are some areas of overlap.

“There was once a rather serious negotiation between our government and the Trump administration on resolving the outstanding commerce issues. I think the general thinking on both sides was once ‘let’s handle differences before we think of something bigger’,” he said.

The outside matters minister said numerous discussions had taken place over the proposed deal.

“For quite a few reasons, they did not near it out. I will be able to tell you on our side, we were deceased serious. We wanted to handle those issues because we thought there was once something much bigger that was once in store for the relationship. But it didn’t happen. And incessantly on the subject of commerce discussions (they) are like commerce discussions between two governments,” he said.

In such discussions, the satan is in the main points, he said, adding, “Whether you don’t near out a deal, it isn’t a deal.”

“We made a very focused serious persevering effort, it didn’t get done this year. I do consider that in a very very basic way, the United States is a complementary economy,” he said.

The outside matters minister further said: “I certainly hope that we have got serious discussions once the (Biden) administration comes in. I realize our minister is very focused on it, and it is something which is rightly very important on his agenda.”

The Trump administration final year terminated India’s designation as a beneficiary under the key GSP commerce programme on the ground that it has not given the United States equitable and fair access to its markets.

Export of sure goods to the United States were prior to now allowed in duty-free category under a special commerce scheme called the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP).

The USA has been seeking greater access to India’s enormous poultry and dairy markets. Then again, India has some reservations over it.

Asked approximately the outcome of the United States presidential election, Jaishankar suggested that the ties between the two countries will continue to expand.

“Whether I were to sum up my takeaway from the Biden administration coming into office, I would say vis-a-vis the world, slightly except the security issues and the political influence issues, one big question for them is how do they retain The united states competitive. And the other big question is actually, how do they handle the climate change challenge,” he said.

Jaishankar said the Indo-US relationship is at a “different level” now and that cooperation in security and defence will continue to be key aspects of it.

“In the case of economic issues, particularly competitiveness, I think India can make a big difference. Because we are in truth doing today a lot more on global issues and global challenges than we have done before, even on something like climate change whether you look,” he added.

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