Pompeo underscores Trump admin’s commitment to work closely with India



File photo: US Secretary of  State Mike Pompeo (PTI)

File photo: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (PTI)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday spoke with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and underscored the Trump administration’s strong commitment to work closely with India to advance the bilateral strategic partnership, a top official has said.

Pompeo, who will be visiting India from June 25-27, spoke with Jaishankar to congratulate the External Affairs Minister on his appointment, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said.

The congratulatory call from Pompeo comes nearly three weeks after Jaishankar was appointed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his External Affairs Minister.

“Pompeo underscored the strong US commitment to working closely with the new Indian Government to advance our strategic partnership,”

Ortagus said in a readout of the call, which took a long time – possibly the longest in at least a decade.

“Secretary Pompeo and Minister Jaishankar also discussed shared US and Indian objectives in safeguarding a free and open Indo-Pacific, US India security cooperation, and the US-India economic partnership,” Ortagus said.

Pompeo’s visit to India will be the first high-level engagement between the two countries since the general election.

Earlier, Pompeo said his upcoming visit to New Delhi will be focused on advancing America’s “incredibly important” ties with India which is a significant part of President Donald Trump’s strategy to advance the shared goal of a “free and open” Indo-Pacific region, where China is flexing its muscles.

India, the US and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific.