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.”
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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