“Will work everything out. Trust me”: James Mattis on pending sanctions on India
New Delhi: United States Defense Secretary James Mattis appeared to be confident on resolving the pending sanctions on India for it deciding to buy the multi-billion dollar S-400 missile defence system from Russia.
Nirmala Sitharaman, the first woman defence minister of India, is currently on a five-day maiden trip to the US. From here, she travels to California to visit the Defense Innovation Unit of the Department of Defense and the Indo-Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii.
“We will work everything out. Trust me,” Mr Mattis told reporters yesterday as a journalist asked visiting Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on the missile deal and the possibility of sanctions from the US.
India needs a presidential waiver to get around the punitive Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) sanctions.
“We’ll work all this forward. This is the normal collaboration and consultation that we have with each other,” he said in response to a similar question at the Pentagon.