Pompeo in India: US Secretary of State meets PM Modi
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and discussed various aspects of the bilateral relationship to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership.
Pompeo, who arrived here last night, will hold detailed discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in the afternoon and have a working lunch with him.
Mike Pompeo, who arrived in India on Tuesday evening, is also scheduled to hold a separate meeting with external affairs minister S Jaishankar. The US secretary of state is on a visit to India from June 25-27.
This is the first high-level visit from any country following the Lok Sabha elections.
"Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership @SecPompeo called on PM @narendramodi to exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship," tweeted ministry of external affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
India's purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, terrorism, H1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran likely to be on the table, along with a host of other issues will be key issues that will be discussed on Wednesday.
The US secretary of state is also scheduled to meet Indian and US business leaders in a roundtable format and deliver a policy speech at the India International Centre here. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval will also be holding talks with Pompeo on issues of terrorism and national security.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Pompeo will hold talks on Wednesday with India's purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, terrorism, H1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran likely to be on the table, along with a host of other issues.
Pompeo's visit comes ahead of the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, which will be held in Osaka, Japan from June 28-29.
While US has continued to assert that the visit will further strengthen India's ties with the US, several contentious topics such as India's missile deal with Russia and H-1B visas will be up for discussion.