Tillerson to deliver his first policy speech on US-India partnership

SansadTV Bureau
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with  Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of State in a meeting in New York on Friday.

File photo of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in New York.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is set to deliver his first policy speech on the US’ bilateral relationship with India.

Tillerson will deliver his remarks on ‘Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century’ at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a top American think tank, a statement said.

This will be his first policy speech on India after becoming Secretary of State earlier this year. Tillerson’s speech comes ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Last month, Tillerson had a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting.

President Trump also hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House in June this year.

After assuming office, Trump had committed himself to strengthening the US relationship with India.

Last week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley met Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during his visit to the US. He raised some key issues that concerned India, including H-1B visas.

Earlier this month, the first consignment of American crude oil reached India and Indian petroleum companies plan to purchase crude oil worth USD 2 billion from the US in the next one year.

India has also placed a large defence order with the US worth billions of dollars.

(With inputs from agencies)