NEW DELHI: United States assistant secretary of state for
Geoffrey R Pyatt on Monday used some choice words to describe the nature of
US-India trade relationship
While admitting that US and India are not currently engaged in any kind of
Free Trade Agreement
negotiations, Pyatt said: “Nobody today characterises their trade relationship as flat as a ‘chapati’.
It has become big and puffed up like a big ‘puri’ … we have ongoing and important negotiations about how to facilitate a further deepening of our trade relationship.”
He went on to say that US and India have very strong focus on energy transition and there is a lot synergy between the nations to ensure alternative supply chain, especially for renewables.
During a virtual press briefing on Monday, Pyatt said that India is one of the US’s most important energy relationships in the world, adding that
for the energy sector is important to create alternative supply chains, especially in renewables.
He also lauded Indian firms’ efforts for producing electric three-wheelers.
(With inputs from agencies)