Mike Pompeo to visit India on June 24, ahead of Modi-Trump meet at G-20

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also visit Colombo iand then Osaka for the G-20 summit.
The secretary of state is expected to speak in detail about elements of the visit in a speech at an annual summit hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce on ties with India on Wednesday.(AP Photo)
The secretary of state is expected to speak in detail about elements of the visit in a speech at an annual summit hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce on ties with India on Wednesday.(AP Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2019 06:49 PM IST
Copy Link
Hindustan Times, Washington | ByYashwant Raj

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo will start a three-nation tour from June 24 to advance the “shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific”, a phrase used to describe concern in the region about an aggressive China, and his first stop will be New Delhi, the state department announced Monday.

This will a first India visit by any member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term.

“I am pleased to announce that Secretary Pompeo will travel to the Indo-Pacific region on June 24th through the 30th to broaden and deepen our partnership with key countries to advance our shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” state department Morgan Ortagus told reporters.

“Prime Minister Modi’s recent election victory provides an excellent opportunity for him to implement his vision for a strong and prosperous India that plays a leading role on the global stage.”

The secretary of state is expected to speak in detail about elements of the visit in a speech at an annual summit hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce on ties with India on Wednesday. “I’ll be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip that I’ll take in a couple weeks where I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific,” Pompeo said to reporters.

“And I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks about how it is our relationship is so closely tied economically, but also importantly the things that the United States and India can continue to do to build out what is an incredibly important relationship for both countries,” he said.

This will be Pompeo’s second visit to India as secretary of state but his first stand-alone. He was last in India in September for the inaugural edition of the 2+2 ministerial meeting, with then Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

After the India leg of his tour, Pompeo will visit Colombo and then Osaka for a G-20 summit before visiting South Korea with President Trump.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to meet President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for their second trilateral meeting on the sidelines of two-day G-20 summit which begins on June 28. The Indian and American leaders could also meet separately for a bilateral, a pull-aside or a sit-down.

These meetings, first in New Delhi and then in Osaka, will take place amid both deepening strategic and economic ties — including a massive spike in defense sales to India — and growing trade tensions. Earlier this month, the United Stated terminated India’s eligibility for a special trade status that allowed $6 billion worth of Indian goods into the United States duty-free in 2018. More severe trade actions are said to be on the anvil as the Trump administration tries to push India to open up its medical devices and dairy products markets.

President Trump complained about high Indian tariffs on Monday again in an interview to CNBC. He reiterated his headline-grabbing case about 100% duty on high-end Harley-Davidson motorbikes exported to India from the United States and the one phone call to Prime Minister Modi that led to India cutting the tariff by half.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • An Air Canada plane is seen in the air after departing from Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Monday. (REUTERS)

    India’s missions in Canada reach out to students after spate of incidents

    India's missions in Canada are enhancing their outreach to students from India as their numbers balloon along with a spate of incidents, including accidents, suicides, even murders. The latest such tragedy was reported on Sunday, when Peel Regional Police found the body of 20-year-old Navkiran Singh from Moga district in Punjab drowned in the Credit Valley River in Brampton in the Greater Toronto Area. No cause has yet been attributed for the death.

  • Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

    Sri Lankan Parl defeats no-confidence motion by Oppn against President Gotabaya

    A no-confidence motion tabled by the Opposition against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was defeated in Parliament on Tuesday, media reports said. The motion by Opposition Tamil National Alliance MP M A Sumanthiran to suspend Parliament's standing orders in order to debate an expression of displeasure over President Rajapaksa was defeated with 119 MPs voting against it, the Economy Next newspaper reported. Only 68 MPs voted in favour of the motion, it said.

  • Experts say that India’s decision, coupled with the Ukraine war will create a serious problem globally.

    US envoy urges India to ‘reconsider’ wheat export ban: ‘Will worsen...’

    The United States hopes “India would reconsider” its decision to ban wheat exports which “will make the current global food shortage even worse”, an envoy said on Monday amid concerns with no end in sight for the Ukraine war. Agriculture ministers from the Group of Seven nations on Saturday also emphasised that India's decision to ban wheat exports would worsen the global food shortage.

  • Flags flutter in the wind outside Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. (AP)

    Canada to quickly ratify membership of Finland, Sweden in Nato: Melanie Joly

    Canada will quickly ratify the membership of Finland and Sweden in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato), as and when it has been approved. Speaking to reporters during the course of a teleconference from Brussels, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly said such ratification has support from across party lines in Canada.

  • A market shelled by Russia in Chenihiv, on March 30. (AP Photo/Vladislav Savenok)

    Russia was prepared to use artillery against inhabited areas in Chernihiv: UK

    The United Kingdom on Tuesday accused Russia of being prepared for artillery use against inhabited civilian areas in Chernihiv, to the north of Ukraine's Capital, Kyiv, pointing to what it said was the 'scale of damage' to residential buildings caused by Moscow's troops in the region. The UK also projected that Moscow, in a bid to regain momentum in its advance in the Donbas area, would keep relying 'heavily' on massed artillery strikes.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Tuesday, May 17, 2022