US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in India on Tuesday evening and will be holding separate meeting with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and later with PM Narendra Modi. While US has continued to assert that the visit will further strengthen India’s ties with the US, several contentious topics such as India’s missile deal with Russia and H-1B visas will be up for discussion.
India’s purchase of S-400 missile defence systems from Russia, terrorism, H1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran likely to be on the table, along with a host of other issues will be key issues that will be discussed on Wednesday.
Resuming engagement with a valuable strategic partner after elections@SecPompeo arrives in India on a 2-day visit. He will call on PM @narendramodi and meet EAM @DrSJaishankar to exchange views on a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. pic.twitter.com/EkXh12TrPX
— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) June 25, 2019
NSA Ajit Doval will also be holding talks with Pompeo on issues of terrorism and national security.
The crucial visit ahead of next week’s G20 summit, where US President Donald Trump and PM Modi will be meeting each other, will set the tone for upcoming event.