US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday night on a three-day visit amid India-Us trade tension. Pompeo called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to exchange views on a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. Pompeo is also scheduled to meet Indian and US businesses in round table format and deliver a policy speech at India International Center in New Delhi.
Pompeo and EAM Jaishankar discussed key issues including terrorism, H1B visa cap, bilateral trade, India’s arms deal with Russia and the situation arising out of the US sanctions on buying oil from Iran, reports said. Diplomatic sources said the US Secretary of State’s talks with Jaishankar was more about getting to know each other since this is the first engagement with the new government. No MoUs are expected to be signed between the countries, but several issues may be discussed between the two leaders. Pompeo may assure India on no cap on H1B Visas.
Apart from that, the US Secretary of State also met National Security Adviser Ajit Doval in South Block at 11 am today. They discussed multiple issues including terror and defense before the meeting between PM Modi and US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G-20 summit at Osaka on June 28.
New Delhi may make it clear to the US that the S-400 missile deal with Moscow can’t be wished away’ as India meets the US waiver criteria for procuring the missile defence system from sanctions-hit Moscow. The S-400 deal between India and Russia has become a matter of concern for the US. The S-400 missile deal has been in discussion for almost a decade and the US is well aware why India is buying it.
Sources said both the US and India will issue a joint press statement at 2 pm today.
Coinciding with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s India visit, the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) staged a protest against the US imposition of sanctions against Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, and other countries and its wars of aggression on Tuesday (June 25, 2019).