Ministry of External Affairs S Jaishankar on Monday met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington. This was the fourth meeting between Jaishankar and Pompeo in the last four months. They first met in Delhi during Pompeo’s visit to India, followed by meet during Asean FMs meet in Bangkok, then again last week at the first-ever Quad Foreign ministers meet in New York and on Tuesday in Washington.
Indo-Pacific issues, counter-terrorism, trade, and Afghanistan remained the top focus during the meet. Jaishankar is in Washington after his New York visit during which he met with foreign ministers of over 40 countries. The meet also comes two days after PM Modi concluded his week-long high profile visit to the US.
Both US President Donald Trump and PM Modi endorsed each other during the Indian diaspora event in Houston-Howdy Modi that saw the participation of 50,000 people, mostly Indian Americans. Using Trump’s slogan “make America great again”, PM said, Trump has achieved much for the United States and,d endorsed him by saying “ab ki Baar trump Sakar”. Trump meanwhile, called PM Modi as “one of Americas most devoted and most loyal friend” who is “doing a truly exceptional job for India and all of the Indian people”.
Both sides are working on a trade agreement with Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal meeting his counterpart United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week in New York. President Trump and PM Modi have met 4 times in last 4 months – on the sidelines of G20 summit in Osaka, sidelines of the G7 summit in France, the Houston diaspora event & bilateral meet on the sidelines of United Nation General Assembly.
New Delhi and Washington are also working on President Trump’s first India visit later this year. Talks are already underway for the visit and US President Trump also hinted at it when he spoke at diaspora event last week in Texas. “Thousands in Mumbai will watch the first-ever NBA game in India..am I invited, Mr. Prime Minister? I may come, be careful I may come”, Trump said.
Source: Zee News India