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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Prime Minister Modi


Mike Pompeo speaks with Narendra Modi during their meeting at the latter's residence in New Delhi on Wednesday. Jacquelyn Martin/AFP

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday morning in his country's first high-level engagement with India after Modi returned to power with a thumping election victory.

Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar of the External Affairs Ministry tweeted: “Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership. Pompeo called on PM to exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship.”

Mike Pompeo (left) being welcomed by Kenneth I. Juster (right) looks upon landing upon landing at the Palam technical airport in New Delhi. AFP

The spokesman said that Modi will meet President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 Summit at Osaka in Japan.

After meeting Modi, Pompeo headed for a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

The Secretary of State arrived in India on Tuesday night on a two-day visit.

This is the third India visit by a Secretary of State during the Trump administration.

Later in the day, Pompeo will have a Working Lunch with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar followed by a round-table meeting with Indian and US business leaders. He will also deliver a policy speech at the India International Centre.

The two sides are likely to discuss the trade dispute, H1-B visas and India's purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia.

Indo-Asian News Service

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