External affairs minister S Jaishankar is understood to have discussed India's decision to enact the Citizenship (Amendment) Act with Members of European Parliament (MEPs) during his one-day visit to Brussels on Monday.
US trade deficit with India declined to $17 billion in 2018-19 from $22 billion in 2016-17 as India started importing oil and gas from America in 2017. In 2018-19, India’s crude oil import from the US stood at $3.6 billion and LNG import at $527.14 million.
The report published ahead of Trump’s visit claims that US President's offer prompted quick reaction from the Indian government and within weeks the special status for the state of J & K was removed.
Pakistan's allies Turkey and Malaysia supported Pakistan at ongoing meet but that was not enough for Islamabad to move out Grey List. ET had reported last week that Pakistan will continue to be in Grey List of FATF. Final decision on Pakistan’s presence in FATF Grey List will come on Friday.
During his one-day visit to Brussels on Monday, Jaishankar exchanged views with a group of Members of the European Parliament representing various member states and political groupings in the new European Parliament. This was his second such interaction with MEPs. His visit comes ahead of next edition India-EU summit in Brussels on March 13
Ahead of Trump’s India visit, external affairs minister S Jaishankar met US special representative Zalmay Khalilzad in Munich on Saturday, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference on the proposed deal with the Taliban. The Trump visit could help India get further clarity on the matter ahead of the signing of the deal, people in the know said.
The move is significant amid efforts by a section of Democrats to target the Indian government for courting Trump at Howdy Mody event and moves on Kashmir besides CAA. Indo-US ties have had bipartisan support over the past two decades.
The claim has been made as Pakistan is battling to be removed from FATF grey list of countries that haven’t been doing enough to combat money laundering and terror financing. Pakistan was placed on the grey list by the FATF in June 2018 and asked to follow a course of corrective actions by October 2019 or face the risk of being placed on the black list.
The probable list of attendees includes Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran, Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra, Larsen & Toubro chairman AM Naik and Biocon CMD Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, ET has learnt from diplomatic sources. The CEOs’ roundtable will also be attended by bureaucrats.
The panel included Nissim Reuben (AJC), Senge Sering(Gilgit Baltistan Analyst), Sant Gupta (political analyst) , and Dr. Vijay Sazawal (ex-President of Indo American Kashmir Forum). The panel was moderated by Nar Koppula, a founding member of the Washington DC-based US-India Security Forum (USISF).
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