NEW DELHI: The India-US relationship is in good health and sharper edges in trade ties will be smoothened soon, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday.

“India-US relations have come a long way…look at the quality of ties, the political comfort, the security cooperation… There is no facet of the relationship today which hasn’t gone upwards over the past 20 years. For an event like Houston, from both sides the approach is bipartisan. The relationship is in very good health,” Jaishankar said.

“The trajectory has always been upwards. As in any relationship, there are issues. The trade problems are normal with people you are closest to since most trade happens with them.”

Jaishankar said the government had been engaging with the US to try and resolve the trade issues. “It’s a glass 90% full rather than 10% empty,” he said.

On US President Donald Trump attending the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event on Sunday in Houston, Jaishankar said it was a “great achievement” for the Indian-American community.

“You have an event of this size and someone like Trump coming there, it shows the respect the Indian community commands. They’re motivated by the fact that someone like Narendra Modi is the prime minister. It’s a matter of great honour that Trump has decided to come there.”

On what message the event held for Pakistan, Jaishankar said: “It’s not just Pakistan, the whole world will be watching the Houston event and take lessons from what Indian-Americans have achieved. There are multiple messages there. It’s for the Pakistanis to read what they wish into it.”

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