India-US held bilateral talks on trade, defence and 5G communications networks ahead of the inauguration of G20 summit gathering at Osaka in Japan.
Speaking on the talks, Modi said he wanted to discuss Iran, 5G, bilateral relations and defence relations with Donald Trump.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale later said that the issue of S-400 defence missiles was not discussed. The two countries had earlier come to a disagreement regarding India’s entry into an arms deal with Russia for buying S-400 defence missiles. Owing to the US imposing sanctions on military deals with Russia under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), India was likely to push for a waiver regarding the same.
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The Foreign Secretary further said, “Iran, was the primary focus on how to ensure stability there,not just in matter of energy needs, but also in terms of the largeIndian diaspora in the Gulf.”The Secretary also said that Trump congratulated Modi on his election victory and said that the two countries would work together in many areas including military. In his congratulation speech to Prime Minister the US President said, “It was a big victory, you deserve it, you have done a great job. We have big things to announce. In terms of trade, in terms of manufacturing, we would be discussing 5G. I congratulate you and I look forward to talks.”