Pompeo meets Indian PM, FM


NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held meetings in India’s capital on Wednesday amid growing tensions over trade and tariffs that has strained the partners’ ties.
Pompeo called on India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday morning. India’s foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pompeo and Modi exchanged “views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship”.
“Working together to further deepen our strategic partnership,” Kumar tweeted.
The US official then met his counterpart S. Jaishankar.
“Continuing the emphasis on high-level Indo-US exchanges, EAM [External Affairs Minister] @DrSJaishankar warm-heartedly welcomed @SecPompeo as the first US dignitary visiting India after elections,” said Kumar, adding that Pompeo is the first foreign minister to be hosted by Jaishankar after assuming office.
Pompeo arrived in New Delhi late Tuesday after visiting Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan on a trip aimed at building a global coalition to counter Iran.– Agencies


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