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US Secretary of State Pompeo to Visit India This Month

WASHINGTON: Two key US officials will be in India this month with the aim of deepening the India-US ties as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet settle down to business in the National Democratic Alliance government’s second term in office.

The first to arrive has been US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper who landed late Wednesday. He is in New Delhi on a trip aimed at pushing big-ticket defence sales – especially for the $15 billion fighter jet for which India had requested for information from international vendors.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also be visiting New Delhi on 25-26 June to prepare for a summit meeting between US president Donal Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Osaka on the sidelines of the G20 meet.

Ties between India and the US have warmed considerably in the past two decades with a convergence of views on many issues – a far cry from the days they were seen as on opposite sides during the Cold War.