Indo-US strategic ties to be focus of Haley’s 3-day India visit

RSTV Bureau
File photo of Nikki Haley.

File photo of Nikki Haley.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley will be India on a two-day visit starting Tuesday. She will meet senior Indian officials, business leaders and students, underscoring America’s “strong alliance” with India. There are reports that she may also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Haley is one of the highest ranking Indian-American in the Donald Trump administration and her talks with Indian officials could include a host of topics including India-US strategic ties and significant global developments.

While the media advisory did not give further details of the 46-year-old diplomat’s programme during her visit, she could call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is likely to meet senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs.

She will also deliver remarks to a group of business and government leaders, students, and civil society on advancing US-India relations.

The visit to India by one of the Republican party’s rising stars comes just days before US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington for the inaugural US-India 2+2 Dialogue on July 6.

Haley’s visit assumes significance as the Trump administration walks away from key multi-lateral pacts, re-writing American engagement with its key western allies.

Haley had visited India in late 2014 when she was the South Carolina Governor. Haley, the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Punjab, is the first Indian-American to serve in a Cabinet-level position in any US presidential administration.

(With inputs from Agencies)