NEW DELHI (Reuters) – U.S. and Indian trade negotiators ended talks on Friday without making major progress on a range of disputes over tariffs and other protectionist measures imposed by both sides that are straining bilateral ties, according to officials with knowledge of the discussions.
Many of the toughest questions on agricultural commodities, e-commerce, and steel and aluminum, have been put off until Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal goes to Washington for talks with United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer next month. The dates for that trip are yet to be settled.
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“No breakthrough,” said one of the senior Indian officials involved in the talks in New Delhi that went on for a little over three hours. He declined to make any further comment.
Two other Indian officials said they hoped that some of the issues will be resolved when Goyal goes to Washington.
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Friday’s talks were more about understanding each other’s positions in various disputes, they said.
There was no official statement issued by either country by early Friday evening.
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The two sides resumed talks after U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in June where they agreed to seek to deepen the two countries’ relationship.
Trump said at that summit that there would be a “very big trade deal” with India, though he set no timeline, and has only this week used Twitter to...
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