U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced his visit to New Delhi at the end of the month. He is expected to attend the U.S. India Business Council event, the ‘India Ideas Summit: Connecting Cities and States’, which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
“I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific” told Mr. Pompeo to the reporters at a State Department briefing on Monday.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks [at the India Ideas event] about how it is our relationship is so closely tied economically, but also importantly the things that the United States and India can continue to do to build out what is an incredibly important relationship for both countries,” he added.
State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said that Mr. Pompeo’s Asia trip is scheduled between June 24 and 30, and his first stop in Asia will be New Delhi.
This visit is driven by U.S.’s rising concerns over China’s growing influence in the Southeast Asian region and globally as well. To maintain a stronger influence in the Indo-Pacific region, the U.S. is seeking to strengthen its strategic relationship with India.