After bullying India to stop Iranian-oil purchases, the United States is focused on advancing ‘incredible ties’ with New Delhi. The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who will be visiting the country later this month, said India is a ‘significant part’ of President Donald Trump’s strategy in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.
State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said Pompeo will travel to the Indo-Pacific region, for a week-long visit, on June 24 through June 30 to broaden and deepen America’s partnership with key countries to advance their shared goal of a ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’.
The State Secretary’s presence in the region comes in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region. Reports state that China has been trying to expand its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, which is a biogeographic region, comprising of the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the disputed South China Sea.
Pompeo will be addressing the India Ideas Summit of US India Business Council tomorrow. He told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the US State Department that he will be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip.
“I am 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,” Pompeo said.
Ortagus said Indian Prime Minister Narendra 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.
Pompeo will also be stopping in Sri Lanka, Japan and South Korea.