POMPEO Congratulates PM Modi For Massive Electoral Victory & Pledges To Iron Out Differences On Bilateral Issues Between India & US

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the first dignitary from his country visiting India on a 2-day official visit after Narendra Modi led NDA government returned to power, on Wednesday, June 26, complimented PM Modi for winning massive mandate from the electorate for his second term. It was his third visit to India since President Donald Trump assumed office.  He discussed with PM Modi various aspects of the bilateral relationship to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership. Pompeo arrived in Delhi last night and later had detailed discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar over working lunch together.  Pompeo will also interact with Indian and US businesses leaders and deliver a policy speech at Delhi’s India International Centre. After his India visit, Pompeo will fly to Japan to attend the G-20 summit with Donald Trump. PM Modi would also attend and speak in the two-day summit which will be attended by leaders from top 20 economies of the world. The two leaders are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the summit. He said we are “Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership.PM will meet President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 Osaka Summit,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with pictures of the meeting. Ahead of the strategically-important India-US talks, diplomatic sources said   India meets the US waiver criteria for procuring the S-400 missile defence system from sanctions-hit Russia, and asserted that New Delhi cannot “wish away” its defence ties with Moscow. Besides India’s missile defence system deal with Russia, terrorism, H-1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran were also part of the agenda of the dialogue between the two nations. Pompeo is tasked to iron out thorny issues between New Delhi and Washington and prepare the groundwork with Foreign Minister Jaishankar for the summit level talks between Modi and POTUS Donald Trump at Osaka on June 28 on the sideline of G-20 meet. Besides Trump, PM Modi will also have bilateral dialogue with heads of other nations. (edited by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty)

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