Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State is going to visit India this month. He said that as a significant part of President Donald Trump’s strategy in the strategic Indo-Pacific region, his visit will be focused on advancing the “incredibly important” ties with India.
On June 24, Pompeo is going to begin his week-long visit to the Indo-Pacific ocean. He is going to visit New Delhi at first and South India at the last. He will be also visiting Sri Lanka and Japan.
Pompeo will address the India Ideas Summit of US-India Business Council on June 12 before starting his trip.
On Monday, he told the media persons at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the US State Department, “I’ll be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip that I’ll take in a couple of weeks where I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific.”
“I’m 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 added.
Morgan Ortagus, the State Department spokesperson said that Pompeo will travel to the Indo-Pacific region on June 24 through June 30 to make strong the bonding of America with main countries to advance their shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
“The secretary’s first stop will be in New Delhi, India. 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,” she said.
China has been trying to increase its military presence in the Indo-Pacific, which is a biogeographic region, comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea.
So the US, India, and several other countries have been discussing over the need to ensure a free, open, and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military maneuvering in the region.