New Delhi: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to India is aimed at deepening strategic relationship with the largest democratic country of the world, the US said on Tuesday. Also Read - Mumbai Reports 7,214 Fresh COVID-19 Cases, 9,641 Recoveries | Highlights

Noting that the United States and India are natural strategic partners, a State Department Fact Sheet said that President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are firmly committed to accelerating the upward trajectory of this partnership. Also Read - Delhi Reports 23,686 New COVID-19 Cases, 240 Deaths; Active Cases Reach 76,887

“Prime Minister Modi’s sweeping mandate in the recent elections creates a unique opportunity to realize this vision,” it said hours after Pompeo landed in New Delhi on a three-day visit. Also Read - India Desires Cordial Relations With People of Pakistan: PM Modi's Message To Imran Khan

The United States and India are moving quickly to achieve their shared vision for a free, open, and rules-based Indo-Pacific region by expanding cooperation in areas such as energy, aviation, and space, it added.

Pompeo’s visit marks the third visit to India by a Secretary of State during the Trump Administration.

After his India visit from June 25-27, Pompeo will travel to Japan to attend the G-20 Summit with Trump.

Modi would also be attending the summit of leaders from top 20 economies of the world. The two leaders are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the summit.

Trump and Modi would be joined by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for their second trilateral summit.

“We have elevated the level of strategic interaction between our two countries, most notably through the annual 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue that pairs the Secretaries of State and Defense with their Indian counterparts,” the State
Department said.

The first 2+2 was held in September 2018 and culminated in the announcement of a new tri-service exercise and the signing of a secure communications agreement that will enable India to operationalise its status as a Major
Defense Partner. The next 2+2 is likely to be held in Washington later this year.

The United States granted India Strategic Trade Authorization tier 1 status last year, allowing India to enjoy the same license-free access to certain defense articles as NATO allies Japan, South Korea, and Australia.

This status also creates greater supply chain efficiency and supports US industry and investment, it said.

“The reinvigorated quadrilateral dialogue between the United States, India, Japan, and Australia has met four times since President Trump took office to discuss ways to strengthen a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific in which all nations are sovereign, strong, and prosperous,” the State Department said.

Asserting that the support for US-India ties transcends political parties and presidential administrations, the State Department said as the world’s oldest and largest democracies, the United States and India share deep respect for one another’s values and traditions.

“Our people and cultures are profoundly intertwined,” it said.

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