President Donald Trump shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as they begin a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, on June 26, 2017.
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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday asked India to withdraw the retaliatory tariffs that New Delhi has this month, calling the duties "unacceptable".
India slapped higher tariffs on 28 U.S. products following Washington's withdrawal of key privileges for New Delhi.
"Trump said on Twitter."
"Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years, has been putting very high tariffs against the United States," he said. "This is unacceptable and the tariffs must be withdrawn!" said Trump, who wants to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at this week's G20 summit in Japan.
India's trade ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters email seeking comment.
Trump's remarks could have been further changed to a trade row that has led to tit-for-tat tariffs from India and the United States and the United States and the United Nations have published their report.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in New Delhi on Wednesday, looking for a better deal on how to negotiate a trade deal with India.
Trump scrapped trade privileges for India under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), under which New Delhi is the largest beneficiary that has allowed duty-free exports of up to $ 5.6 billion.
But New Delhi repeated delayed raising tariffs as the two nations engaged in trade talks. Trade between them was at about $ 142.1 billion in 2018.