S Jaishankar
S Jaishankar
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Gandhinagar: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar described the three-day India visit by US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo beginning Tuesday night as "very important", stating that the tensions between US and Iran was a difficult international issue that India was dealing with.

Jaishankar told reporters at the state BJP headquarters that New Delhi was handling several sensitive diplomatic issues and the "present situation between the US and Iran was one of them".

He stressed that India's position would be guided by the national interests. The External Affairs Minister said Pompeo's visit was also significant since this is the first by a top US leader after the Lok Sabha elections.

Asked about the dispute over trade tariffs between India and the US, Jaishankar said such issues do crop up sometimes "but diplomacy calls for finding common grounds beneficial for both the countries".

About reports that Antigua Prime Minister had spoken about the possible extradition of PNB fraud scam accused Mehul Choksi to India, he said he had just seen media reports but was not much aware of the isssue to be able to comment on it.

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