US Secretary Pompeo lands in India, to meet Modi

Anu Warrier /New Delhi Filed on October 26, 2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan disembark from an aircraft upon their arrival in New Delhi on Monday. — AFP

The US Secretary of State is on a five-day Asian trip.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in India on Monday, on the first leg of a five-day Asian trip aimed at strengthening strategic ties in the face of growing Chinese influence across the region.

Pompeo was met at New Delhi airport by US Ambassador Kenneth Juster, according to a pool report.

Pompeo is due to meet India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Monday evening, before he and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper hold a joint summit with Jaishankar and Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.

Later that day, Pompeo and Esper will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a draft itinerary of the trip released by India’s foreign ministry.

The trip is part of the latest US effort to bolster allies against an increasingly assertive China, which has been making political and military inroads across Asia, analysts say.

Pompeo is due to travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, two Indian Ocean countries where China has financed and built various infrastructure, to the alarm of India and the United States.

India is locked in a military standoff with China on their contested Himalayan border.

Pompeo will end his trip, which comes in the final week before the US presidential election, in Indonesia.

Anu Warrier

A journalist with two decades of experience in India and the UAE, I'm a 'deskie' by nature and work. I keenly follow the political developments all over the world and Indian affairs, in particular. I'm always interested in stories that touch the readers' heart. When I don't work I watch movies, read whatever I can grab and travel to less-explored places.

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