US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet Jaishankar today

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived New Delhi last night on his three-day visit to the country to strengthen strategic ties between the two nations. Pompeo will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs Subramanyam Jaishankar today to discuss agenda for the US-India strategic partnership.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, who will host a working lunch for Pompeo this afternoon, said India will try to find common ground on trade issues during their discussions. “We will be meeting with a positive attitude…The meeting with Mike Pompeo will be an important one. We will definitely discuss issues related to trade between the two countries,” Jaishankar told reporters.

“Both the countries are having their own interests. And it is natural to have some conflicts because of that. We will find a common ground using diplomacy. We will hold discussions with the US with a positive approach,” he added.

He will also deliver a speech on the future of the relationship and opportunities for cooperation on global issues of shared concern. As vibrant democracies rooted in shared values, with fast-growing economies, cultures of entrepreneurship, and leadership positions on the global stage, the United States and India are natural strategic partners, a statement issued by the US Department of State said.

US President Donald Trump and Modi are firmly committed to accelerating the upward trajectory of this partnership. Modi’s sweeping mandate in the recent elections creates a unique opportunity to realise this vision, it said.

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