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India's top diplomat to visit Washington to discuss concerns over visas, hate crimes

AP
Published Feb 26, 2017, 2:39 pm IST
Updated Feb 26, 2017, 2:41 pm IST
According to reports, foreign secretary S Jaishankar will meet US acting deputy secretary of state Tom Shannon.
Foreign secretary S Jaishankar (Photo: File)
 Foreign secretary S Jaishankar (Photo: File)

New Delhi: India's top diplomat will visit Washington this week for talks with the new US administration, an Indian foreign ministry official said Sunday.

Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is expected to discuss India's concerns over proposed US legislation that could make it harder for companies to replace American workers with those from India and other countries.

 

Also on the agenda during Jaishankar's four-day visit, which begins Tuesday, is safety for foreigners following a Kansas bar shooting that killed an Indian engineer and wounded another.

Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup did not give details on Sunday, but news reports said Jaishankar would meet with US Acting Deputy Secretary of State Tom Shannon and other officials.

President Donald Trump has invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the United States later this year.

US-India relations generally prospered under the Obama administration, but New Delhi will be hoping that Trump takes a tougher line on Pakistan, which receives substantial US aid. India and Pakistan are neighbours and have fought three wars.

 

However, Trump's strong stand against exporting US jobs has raised concerns in India, which has a thriving industry for American companies that offshore customer service call centres.

Shares of top Indian IT companies sank 2 percent to 4 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange early this month in response to news of proposed US legislation that could make it harder for companies to replace American workers with those from countries like India.

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Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi




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