External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New Delhi on Wednesday, to hold bilateral talks to discuss issues of mutual interest and to deepen strategic ties between both the countries. Mike Pompeo is the first Foreign Minister to be hosted by EAM S Jaishankar after he assumed office earlier this month. Following the meeting, EAM S Jaishankar will host a lunch for Mike Pompeo.
Mike Pompeo's visit also marks the first visit of a US dignitary after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. EAM spokesperson Raveesh Kumar took to Twitter to share images of the two dignitaries meeting each other.
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Earlier, the US Secretary of State met India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship. This would be the final pit stop for PM Modi before he holds talks with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on June 29 and 29.
Noting that the United States and India are natural strategic partners, a State Department Fact Sheet said that President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are firmly committed to accelerating the upward trajectory of this partnership.
“Prime Minister Modi’s sweeping mandate in the recent elections creates a unique opportunity to realize this vision,” it said hours after Pompeo landed in New Delhi on a three-day visit.
Earlier this month, Mike Pompeo delivered an address at the 44th India Ideas summit at the Chamber of Commerce on June 12. Pompeo delivered the keynote address on 'India and US: An Economic Foundation For A Free And Open Indo-Pacific Region'.