The United States means to improve defense and security ties with India, a key player in Washington’s strategy to contain China. Diplomatic and defense officials from both countries recently held a series of talks on the issue, during which they signed a long awaited communications pact that will facilitate the exchange of critical and encrypted defense technologies. The United States pledged to support India’s accession to the Nuclear Suppliers Group, an export control regime dedicated to nuclear nonproliferation, and both discussed their efforts to end the conflict in Afghanistan. One important point of contention, though, was Indian imports of Iranian oil, which violates the U.S. sanctions set to go into effect in November. India has reduced its imports, but at 500,000 barrels per day, they are still much higher than what the U.S. wants them to be: zero.
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