Mike Pompeo arrives in New Delhi for talks

2020-10-26 at 15:11

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper have arrived in New Delhi for the 2+2 dialogue.

The talks will be held tomorrow.

The US State Department yesterday said the third US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue demonstrates the high-level commitment the two countries provide to shared diplomatic and security objectives.

Before leaving for India, Pompeo tweeted that he is grateful for the opportunity to connect with partners.

He tweeted “Wheels up for my trip to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia. Grateful for the opportunity to connect with our partners to promote a shared vision for a free and open #IndoPacific composed of independent, strong, and prosperous nations”.

India and the US are set to review their strategic and security ties and discuss ways to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific during the third round of 2+2 dialogue.

The Secretary of State is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka tomorrow.

The Foreign Ministry said the US Secretary of State is visiting Sri Lanka on an invitation extended by Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and will remain in the island until the 28th of October.

During his visit, Mike Pompeo will hold official discussions with the Lankan leadership as well as with his counterpart.

The Foreign Ministry in a statement said, the discussions during the visit will cover several areas of the multifaceted engagement between the two countries.

Secretary of State Pompeo is the highest-level US dignitary to visit Sri Lanka during US President Donald Trump’s term.