With new regime under President-elect Donald Trump soon to take over in the Unite states, the Indian government has established a working channel with the incoming Republican administration. Foreign secretary S Jaishankar is reportedly interacting with the team of Trump, including on terror groups based in Pakistan. Reports said that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Jaishankar were in touch with Republican candidate even before the election. They had even discussed the September 29 surgical strike through a link.
A senior official was quoted by HT as saying that the link helped as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was able to congratulate Donald Trump over phone after his election victory. As per the report, Jaishankar had met Trump’s campaign managers and also the Republican transition team on November 17-18 in New York.
As per the paper, the foreign secretary sensitised the incoming administration on the worldwide terror threat from groups based in Pakistan like Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and Hizbul Mujahideen and their involvement in cross-border attacks in India.
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is likely to be in New Delhi next month with talks focused on the Indian Navy’s acquisition of the Guardian, a variant of the Predator-B drone.