Narendra Modi, S Jaishankar to meet Michael Pompeo today; India likely to stay firm on S-400 deal with Russia

New Delhi: The visiting US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Wednesday. India is likely to stay firm on the S-400 deal with Russia and seek a waiver under the US law.

Jaishankar is also expected to tell his American counterpart Pompeo that both US and Iran should de-escalate the situation, diplomatic sources said.

Jaishankar, Pompeo likely to broadly discuss friction over trade

The two are likely to broadly discuss the friction over trade, but sources said that since the two ministers are not in-charge of the trade portfolio, they will leave the specific and detailed discussions to be carried out by commerce ministers from both sides. So, the issues related to data localisation, e-commerce and concerns over the 5G and Huawei will be dealt with separately by the concerned ministries.

Jaishankar and Pompeo will prepare the foundation for the Prime Minister’s meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka. The timing has not been finalised yet, but it is expected to be held on June 28.

Jaishankar scheduled to accompany PM for G-20 summit

Jaishankar is scheduled to accompany the PM for the G-20 summit, just like Pompeo will join Trump in Japan. This is a departure from the past, as then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj did not accompany the PM on his overseas visits. Both Jaishankar and Pompeo are likely to be present at the Modi-Trump meeting.