The US President, Mr. Donald Trump, has asked India to withdraw retaliatory tariffs it had imposed this month, calling the duties 'unacceptable'.
India slapped higher tariffs on 28 US products following Washington’s withdrawal this month of key trade privileges for New Delhi.
'I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the tariffs even further,' Mr. Trump said on Twitter.
'This is unacceptable and the tariffs must be withdrawn!' he said. Mr. Trump will meet Mr. Narendra Modi at this week’s G20 summit in Japan.
The Union Trade Ministry did not immediately respond. These remarks could further worsen a trade row that has led to tit-for-tat tariffs and created unease over the depth of the security alliance of both countries.
The US Secretary of State, Mr. Mike Pompeo, on Wednesday had sought to reduce heightened trade tension with India, promising a renewed focus on negotiating better ties, but giving few specifics of how they would overcome disputes over trade and investment.