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U.S. President Donald Trump, who dislikes multilateral trade agreements, said earlier this month that India had approached the United States to "start doing a trade deal," without giving any details.
American president Donald Trump’s assertion that India had sought a trade deal with the US owing to his tough stand on the issue has left Indian mandarins bemused.
The two sides pledged to work together on regional and global issues, including in bilateral, trilateral, and quadrilateral formats.
A lot will depend on the flexibility they while discussing their concerns and the willingness to agree to disagree over certain issues.
Washington is alarmed at the prospect of India, buying new systems from Russia, including its S-400 long-range, surface-to-air missile system.
Two-plus-two dialogue an indication of deepening strategic India-US partnership, says Trump administration
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will be meeting their Indian counterparts to discuss enhancing America's engagement with India on diplomatic and security.
On a question about trade relations with India, Wells said opening up trade with India is a "key strategic objective" for the Trump administration.
US's move comes amid New Delhi's plan to buy five S-400 Triumf air defence systems from Russia for around USD 4.5 billion.
Currently, there are 36 countries on the STA-1 list. India is the only South Asian country to be on the list. Other Asian countries designated as STA-1 are Japan and South Korea.
Last month, the US had postponed the dialogue due to "unavoidable reasons".
The US delegation is in India as part of the Trump administration's efforts to reach out to countries who are major importers of oil from Iran.
The three wings of the armed forces of India and the US are likely to hold separate military exercises.
The relationship between the two countries is a relationship of humanity at large as it is about spreading peace and how we together can fight the menace of terrorism, she said.
Haley said US, and the Trump administration specifically, puts a lot of value on the US India partnership..not because of where we've been, but because of where we are going.
India has announced to increase customs duty on 29 products, including pulses and iron and steel products, imported from the US as a retaliatory action against the tariff hike by Washington.