Mike Pompeo in India live updates: We will do what is in our national interest, says EAM Jaishankar
Mike Pompeo in India on a three-day state visit and has met PM Narendra Modi, Foreign minister S Jaishankar, among others.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in India late on Tuesday night on a three-day state visit and on Wednesday, met PM Narendra Modi, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval.
This is the second visit of Pompeo to India. He was in India in 2018 for the maiden 2+2 dialogue between defence and foreign ministers of US and India.
Here are the live and latest updates from Wednesday:
I've never found a partner ally no matter how close, where we didn't have places where we've to work through things. We've endeavoured to make sure that our countries can provide security for itself, want India to be able to do that too: US Secretaryy of State on 'trade disputes & S-400'
Chabahar did not come up because at the moment I don't see an outstanding concern there: EAM S Jaishankar on 'US-Iran tensions'
We discussed the situation in the Gulf, I shared our interests and concerns with Secretary Pompeo, energy security is part of it but there are other concerns as well about diaspora, regional security and trade: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on 'US-Iran tensions'
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on 'US-Iran tensions': We discussed the situation in the Gulf, I shared our interests and concerns with Secretary Pompeo, energy security is part of it but there are other concerns as well about diaspora, regional security, & trade. pic.twitter.com/HJfJRulCD3
— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) issue: We have many relationships with many countries, many of them are of some standing. They have a history. We will do what is in our national interest.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) issue: We have many relationships with many countries, many of them are of some standing. They have a history. We will do what is in our national interest. pic.twitter.com/PMJvhlGg6K
— ANI (@ANI) June 26, 2019
I made the point that Indo-Pacific is for something, not against somebody & that something is peace, security, stability, & prosperity. We are looking at a landscape where a number of independent players work together for what they believe to be global good: EAM S Jaishankar
US-India partnership is already beginning to reach new heights, including our defense corporation & our common vision for free&open Indo-Pacific: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Secretary Pompeo expressed the US Government’s continued interest in building stronger relations with India and working together to realize the shared vision and goals: MEA on when Pompeo met PM Modi earlier today.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his strong commitment to achieving the full potential of bilateral relations in trade and economy, energy, defence, counter-terrorism and people-to-people contacts."
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets EAM Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan.
Welcoming a special guest!
Continuing the emphasis on high-level Indo-US exchanges, EAM @DrSJaishankar warmly welcomed @SecPompeo as the first US dignitary to visit India after elections. @SecPompeo is the first Foreign Minister to be hosted by EAM. pic.twitter.com/NVsgw9lA0j
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 26, 2019
Pompeo to address India Policy Speech at IIC (New Delhi) at 1900hrs today.
MEA says PM Modi and Pompeo exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship.
Pompeo meets PM Modi.
Pompeo to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi shortly.
India could also bring up the topic of oil import from Iran during Pompeo's stay in the country.
India is likely to bring up the prevailing situation in Iran where tensions have increased following the shooting down of an American drone aircraft. Iran says the drone had entered its airspace - a charge denied by the US which has imposed fresh sanctions against the country.
India's concern primarily stems from the presence of a number of expats living in Iran. India also says it has a strong and legitimate interest in maintaining stability and peace in the region.
The Indian government maintains that it wishes to have close and cordial ties with all countries in the world but that it would continue to follow a foreign policy that is independent from any external influence.
US and India have been deepening their ties in recent years with Donald Trump underlining the need for the two countries to come together as the world's largest democracies. Strategy experts, however, believe that the US wants to prop up India as a counterweight to China.