USA, India, ‘jointly’ in the midst of the crisis with Iran, despite trade tensions

nearvideo Pompeo says Iran is trying to disrupt the flow of oil, to escalate the tensions

Eurasia Group foundations Mark Hannah weighs in on the tensions between the US and Iran.

In spite of the growing differences over trade and customs, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra modi to discuss the international cooperation in the midst of the Iran crisis.

On Wednesday, Pompeo, the two countries recognized the differences when it comes to meeting with both modes, and the foreign Minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar in New Delhi but made sure to emphasize that the member States work together to a common goal.

Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, left, listen to Indian foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar during a press conference at the foreign Ministry in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

The United States and India have a common political and strategic common ground on Iran. In both countries, the rogue nation with economic sanctions have taken this year.

“I think this is a concern, the Secretary Pompeo was certainly very, very receptive,” said Jaishankar. “I think he understands that this is now the world’s fifth-largest economy, which imports 85 percent of its energy, a large part of it from the Gulf.”

Pompeo praised the efforts of India in cutting oil from Iran, saying that Tehran “is the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.”

He continued, “There is a common understanding of the threat and to a common purpose, to ensure that we can keep the energy to the right prices and the … terror-regime for the whole world.”

Pompeo said the cooperation will strengthen bilateral relations.

“Good friends are obliged to have differences of opinion,” Pompeo said after a meeting with Jaishankar.

Jaishankar agreed, commenting, the United States and India “will need to filter through the noise and get down to the basics of the relationship.”

Indian foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pompeo and modes exchanged “views on the various aspects of the Indo-American relationship.”

“Working together on the further deepening of our strategic partnership,” Kumar tweeted.


To meet President Trump is set, with modes at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, later this week. Hundreds of supporters of left-wing groups demonstrated in the center of New Delhi, to protest Pompeo’s arrival in India, and condemn the American policy in the Middle East.

Fox News’ Morgan Cheung and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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