A day after 44 US lawmakers urged the Donald Trump administration to reinstate India's designation as a beneficiary developing nation, India says it meets the criteria for trade concessions under the US Generalised System of Preferences.
In a letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the House members suggest an "early harvest" approach that "would ensure that long-sought market access gains for US industries are not held up by negotiations over remaining issues".
Days after the UN Security Council backed India in its efforts to bring in development in Kashmir after revoking its special status, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a 30-minute call with Trump on Monday.
The United States Senate has passed a legislative provision that gives India the status like that of NATO allies like Israel and South Korea and would increase defence cooperation between the two countries.
This would be President Donald Trump's first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his recent electoral victory. It comes in the immediate aftermath of the India visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Ten years, is certainly long enough, if not to change the world of diplomacy then at least to introduce a set of new actors and fundamentally new challenges for inertia-bound foreign policy wonks to grapple with.