Saying that India’s partnership is important for the growing American economy to stay competitive, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar conveyed India’s intentions to Trump administration in US.
Jaishankar who is on an official visit to the United States said that H1B visa issue which is very crucial component between India-US relations discussed with a number of meetings with administration officials as well as the Congress.
“If the trump administration’s intention is to bring back American companies to America and attract more foreign investment in America, therefore, there will be more growth then it is important that growing America remains competitive. So, there actually will be a growing need for this partnership,” said Jaishankar during a conference at the Indian embassy in Washington D.C.
Jaishankar said that the Indian side has certainly made its point quite forcefully both in the Congress and the administration and believes that it met with a degree of understanding.
Saying that India enjoys a lot of goodwill in Trump Administration, Jaishankar said that India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, which was started under the previous Obama administration, would continue in Trump’s regime as well.
“Overall, (the) sense was that the Administration has a very positive view of the relationship, positive view of India,” said Jaishankar, who along with Commerce Secretary Rita Teotia, is on a visit here to engage with the new Trump administration.
Jaishankar, during their visit, interacted with US businesses through the US-India Business Council.
“The (US) Congress has been extraordinarily supportive of the growth of this relationship. Since there has been a change in the political landscape, we thought to engage them was something which was important,” Jaishankar said.
“Broadly with the (US) administration, we explained to them the progress that the India-US relation has made in the last many years. So it was a full spectrum (of) discussions,” he said.
The Foreign Secretary held meetings with a number of senior U.S. administration officials including Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, House speaker Paul Ryan along with meetings with the senior members of the Congress.
Jaishankar’s four-day visit to the U.S. aimed at sensitising the Trump administration over India’s concerns over the security of Indian nationals in the U.S. following a possible cut in H1B and L1 visas.