Pompeo to address India Ideas Summit in US, before visiting India

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said that India U.S. bilateral relationship is incredibly important to both the countries, as his spokesperson announced that the top American diplomat is slated to visit New Delhi on June 24.

New Delhi is the first stop for the top American travel to the Indo Pacific region with S Korea being his last stop during the nearly week-long trip beginning June 24 that also includes Sri Lanka and Japan.

Ahead of the trip, Pompeo will address the ‘India Ideas Summit’ hosted by of U.S.- India Business Council on June 12-13. “I’ll be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip that I’ll take in a couple of weeks where I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific,” he told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks about how it is our relationship is so closely tied economically, but also importantly the things that the United States and India can continue to do to build out what is an incredibly important relationship for both countries,” Pompeo said.

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told reporters that Pompeo will travel to the Indo-Pacific region on June 24 through the June 30 to broaden and deepen America’s partnership with key countries to advance their shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“The Secretary’s first stop will be in New Delhi, India.  Prime Minister Modi’s recent election victory provides an excellent opportunity for him to implement his vision for a strong and prosperous India that plays a leading role on the global stage,” she said.

Pompeo will preview elements of a cooperative agenda during his remarks at the US-India Business Council India Ideas Summit at the US Chamber of Commerce on June 12, she said.

His next stop will be in Colombo, where Pompeo will express America’s solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as they stand united against the despicable Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.  He will also discuss promising opportunities for US-Sri Lanka cooperation based on shared commitments to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, she added.

Pompeo will then travel to Osaka, Japan to participate in the G20 Leaders’ Summit from June 28 -29, the first such gathering hosted by Japan.

On the margins of the summit, Pompeo will join President Donald Trump in meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to coordinate “on the final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea”, and to discuss ways to strengthen trilateral cooperation with the Republic of Korea on our unified approach toward North Korea and other shared challenges, she said.

Following the G20, Pompeo will accompany Trump to South Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in.  “The two leaders will also discuss ways to strengthen the United States-Republic of Korea alliance.  President Trump and President Moon will continue their close coordination on efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” Ortagus said

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