Some farm prod­ucts may get eas­ier ac­cess to US

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Na­tion -

Some farm prod­ucts from ei­ther side, such as In­dian man­goes and pomegranat­es, may get eas­ier ac­cess into the US while New Delhi will ad­dress Amer­i­can con­cerns over im­port of al­falfa hay.

Although In­dia had clearly in­di­cated to the US that it was will­ing to ad­dress sev­eral of its con­cerns, the em­phatic man­date to Modi and de­tailed ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween Goyal and Lighthizer over the last three months helped the two coun­tries recog­nise each other’s con­cerns and red lines bet­ter, sources said.

They said both gov­ern­ments are ap­proach­ing the ne­go­ti­a­tions as part of their broader strate­gic part­ner­ship rather than through the sole prism of trade deficit.

“The US has been very help­ful to us on a range of is­sues, like ter­ror­ism, J&K, mem­ber­ship to Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group, and this has in­evitably been a fac­tor in our ap­proach,” said a se­nior source on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

De­spite the pack­age, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and tele­com goods, e-com­merce and data pri­vacy is­sues as well as some mat­ters per­tain­ing to in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights will be dealt with sep­a­rately.

While In­dia had of­fered to lower im­port du­ties on high­end ICT prod­ucts, the US au­thor­i­ties were un­will­ing to ac­cept what was on the ta­ble.

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