In his meeting with the Pakistan PM, Trump had reiterated that he was willing to negotiate with India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue if both sides so desired. India’s firm stand is that it would not entertain any outside mediation, and would do only bilateral discussions between the hostile neighbours. “It will be great if they can work out something on Kashmir,” Trump said in response to a question.
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Modi was accompanied by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, among other senior government functionaries. Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan was also present as part of the Indian delegation at the UN. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was present in the US delegation, apart from others.
The bilateral comes in the backdrop of the US ending the privileges that India was enjoying under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) program on June 5. The GSP, implemented since 1974, is the largest and oldest US trade preference scheme and it allows duty-free imports for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries.
A bipartisan group of 44 US lawmakers had urged the Trump administration to reinstate the programme for New Delhi, following Washington’s move. Despite this, both countries have expressed confidence in their bilateral and trade ties.