NEW DELHI, July 31 U.S. Secretary of State John
Kerry said on Thursday that he still hoped for a compromise to
end India's opposition to a global deal that would address its
concerns and help advance trade liberalisation, just hours
before a deadline passed.
New Delhi has insisted that, in exchange for signing a trade
facilitation agreement, it must see more progress on a parallel
pact giving it more freedom to subsidise and stockpile food
grains than is allowed by World Trade Organization rules.
"We are obviously encouraging our friends in India to try to
find a path here where there is a compromise that meets both
needs, and we think that's achievable. We hope that it's
achievable," Kerry told reporters after talks with Indian
leaders as part of an annual strategic dialogue.
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing
by Mike Collett-White)