Indians and Americans believe in foundation that the ties have been set up on: Mike Pompeo
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today called for speaking "strongly" in favour of religious freedom rights and asserted that the world is worse off when they are compromised. "India is the birthplace of four major world religions. Let's stand up together for religious freedom for all, let's speak out strongly together in favour of those rights for whenever we do compromise those rights, the world is worse off," Mr Pompeo said in his India policy speech at the India International Centre in the national capital.
Earlier in the day, Mr Pompeo and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar issued a joint statement post-bilateral talks. He also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. This was his first high-level engagement with PM Modi-led NDA regime after Lok Sabha elections.
Mr Pompeo called on PM Modi and discussed various aspects of the bilateral relationship. It marks the third visit of a US Secretary of State to India during the Trump administration.
After his India visit from June 25-27, Mr Pompeo will travel to Japan to attend the G-20 Summit with Trump. PM Modi would also be attending the summit of leaders from top 20 economies of the world. US President Trump and PM Modi would be joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for their second trilateral summit.
Here are the highlights of Mike Pompeo's India visit:
There is nagging misconception that our countries are not full partners. It's not true: Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo on India visit:
- We didn't just talk about bilateral ties, we spent a lot of time on important topics. We shouldn't see only each other through bilateral lens. We should see each other for what we are, great democracies, good friends.
- US-India ties based on strong foundation. Indians and Americans believe in foundation that the ties have been set up on.
- You proved you commitment to Democracy last month, was an example for the region. Imagine if every Asian had this opportunity.
- Indian people believe in strong civil society, dignity for human rights. US also believes in them.
- In our fundamental ideas and convictions we are close neighbours, though we're thousands of miles apart.
- Both Donald Trump and PM Modi are not afraid of taking risks
- There is nagging misconception that our countries are not full partners. That's not true. We want young Indians of today to grow and want continue the conversations with India
- You made hard choices to cut off Iran oil. We know this has a cost. We will do everything to ensure you have crude parts.
- India and US know that rewarding terror groups is wrong. We continue to work for a better future for Afghanistan.
- Army instructors joined us to train African peacekeepers. India more and more is standing on the world stage, and we welcome your assertiveness. Have supported permanent seat on UNSC.
- Our work together must continue. A shared vision for free and open Pacific region. Look forward to working with India in Indian Ocean alongside nations like France.
- Today 60% of maritime trade transits through Indo-Pacific. China asserted dominance in South China Sea. Can India and us safeguard seaways? We seek the same thing for our companies. Can we work with partners in japan to keep data in 5G networks?
- 1 million Indian youth enter job market. Trillions of dollars in US involved. The table of prosperity is set.
- You supported the global campaign about North Korea and its denuclearisation. India and America both know that terrorism and voted against Hamas in UN. You collaborated with us in Economic programmes. India is more and more is standing on the world stage. For years we have supported you in getting a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
- Few weeks ago PM Modi called for all world powers to unite against terrorism. Similar call by Donald Trump 2 years ago on his first foreign visit in Riyadh.
- We all united in getting JeM chief Masood Azhar listed and US is pleased to see the UN designate him as a global terrorist
- India is the birthplace for four major world religions. Let's stand up together for religious freedom for all, let's speak out strongly together in favour of those rights for whenever we do compromise those rights, the world is worse off
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar At Indo-US Joint Briefing
- We pushed for a constructive and pragmatic view on issues related to trade.
- India would be guided by its own national interest when it came to purchasing defence systems from Russia -S Jaishankar
- On terrorism, we see zero tolerance to cross border terrorism, says S Jaishankar
- I made the point that Indo-Pacific is for something, not against somebody and that something is peace, security, stability and prosperity, says S Jaishankar
- We are looking at a landscape where a number of independent players work together for what they believe to be global good, says S Jaishankar
- The Foreign Minister also said that true "maturity" lies in figuring out a solution, something that has not worked out so effectively between the two countries in the recent past. "We have to tell our governments to try harder," Mr Jaishankar added.
Great friends are bound to have differences: Mike Pompeo
- The US wants greater market access. We've got to get the economic piece right
- Both sides admitted to a divergence of views on issues like trade.
- Both ministers said they would look for ways to work through these issues which also includes US opposition to the $ 5 billion S 400 defence deal between India and Russia
- On Iran, Mr Pompeo said US believes Iran is the "biggest state sponsor of terror"
- US-India partnership is already beginning to reach new heights, including our defense corporation and our common vision for free and open Indo-Pacific.
S Jaishankar, Mike Pompeo discuss ways to strengthen Indo-US strategic partnership
- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his American counterpart Mike Pompeo and discussed ways to strengthen the Indo-US trategic partnership.
- "Welcoming a close friend. Continuing the emphasis on high-level Indo-US exchanges, Dr S Jaishankar warm-heartedly welcomed US Secretary of State Pompeo as the first US dignitary visiting India after elections. Secretary Pompeo is the first Foreign Minister to be hosted by External Affairs Minister," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with a picture of the two leaders.
US Secretary of State meets Foreign Minister S Jaishankar
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met External Affaris Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan in Ministry Of External Affairs.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets National Security Advisor Doval
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met at South Block in Delhi.
Working together to further deepen our partnership, tweets Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson"Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership. Secretary Pompeo called on PM Narendra Modi to exchange views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship. 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. PM Modi meeting the US delegation
Visuals of PM Modi meeting the US delegation accompanying US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo meets PM Modi
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi this morning.
- He will also hold talks with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar this afternoon.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in India
- United States Secretary of States, Michael Pompeo, arrived in India late on Tuesday for his first high-level engagement with PM Modi-led NDA regime after Lok Sabha elections.
- Pompeo will meet PM Modi and then External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
- The three-day visit of Pompeo comes amidst rising tensions between the US and Iran over fresh sanctions imposed on Tehran, an issue which is likely to come up for discussion between the two sides.
- Following fresh US sanctions, Indian oil companies are also facing a tough time and many have reportedly stopped importing oil from Iran. Diplomatic sources said there is no structured agenda and New Delhi is expected to urge for de-escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran. They said there could be a discussion on the situation in the Persian Gulf region, which has a big Indian diaspora.
- Diplomatic sources said there is no "structured agenda" for the talks between Mike Pompeo and S Jaishankar, and the entire spectrum of the relationship will be on the table.