The US Secretary of State,Mr. Mike Pompeo, met the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, on Wednesday and discussed aspects of the bilateral relationship to bolster the India-US strategic partnership.
Mr. Pompeo, who arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday night, will also have detailed talks with the External Affairs Minister, Mr. S Jaishankar,and have a working lunch with him.
The Ministry of External Affairs spokesman, Mr Raveesh Kumar, said, 'Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership. Secretary Pompeo called on PM Narendra Modi to exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship. The PM will meet President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit.'
Coming ahead of the strategic India-US talks, diplomatic sources said India met the US waiver criteria for procuring its S-400 missile defence system from sanctions-hit Russia, and asserted that New Delhi could not 'wish away' its defence ties with Moscow.
Besides the missile defence system deal, terrorism, H-1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, are likely to figure during the talks between Mr. Jaishankar and Mr. Pompeo. Mr. Pompeo’s talks here will be the first high-level interaction between the two countries after return of the Modi government to power last month.
The visit also comes ahead of a meeting later this week between the US President, Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka. UNI