Indian authorities are expected to extend a military clampdown in Kashmir ahead of Monday's start of the Eid al-Adha festival on fears protests could break out over its stripping of the Muslim-majority region's autonomy.
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India’s new External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will have his work cut out in making sure that the U.S.-India strategic relationship remains on auto-pilot and is not dissipated over growing irritants of trade and New Delhi’s close relationship with Iran, which is an festering anathema to the Trump administration.
India is among eight nations, including China, that have received temporary oil waivers from the “strongest ever” sanctions targeting Iran imposed by the Trump administration. The action comes in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out from the 2015 nuclear agreement reached by the Obama administration in concert with several other global powers.
The United States will exempt China, India and Japan from oil sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, while vowing to be "relentless" in pressuring Tehran.
There have always been irritants in relations between India and the United States. But few have been as perplexing to New Delhi, or left as bitter a taste, as President Trump’s tendency to mock Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accent in English.