Washington:  Two weeks ahead of his travel to India, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that this bilateral relationship is incredibly important to both the countries. New Delhi would be Pompeo’s first stop and South Korea his last during the nearly week-long visit to the Indo-Pacific region, beginning June 24, that would also take him to Sri Lanka and Japan. Also Read - China Sanctions Trump Officials, Including Mike Pompeo, Hours After Biden Takes Over as President

Before starting his trip, Pompeo will address the India Ideas Summit of US-India Business Council on June 12. “I’ll be speaking to a group of Indian business leaders in preparation for the trip that I’ll take in a couple weeks where I’ll be visiting India, an important part of President (Donald) Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific,” he told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the US State Department on Monday. Also Read - US State Secretary Mike Pompeo Extends Wishes on Diwali

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks 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,” Pompeo said. Also Read - Mike Pompeo Asserts Trump Has Won US Polls, Says There Will be a Smooth Transition to Administration 2.0

State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told reporters that Pompeo will travel to the Indo-Pacific region on June 24 through June 30 to broaden and deepen America’s partnership with key countries to advance their shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“The secretary’s first stop will be in New Delhi, India. Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s recent election victory provides an excellent opportunity for him to implement his vision for a strong and prosperous India that plays a leading role on the global stage,” she said.

Pompeo will preview elements of a cooperative agenda during his remarks at the India Ideas Summit at the US Chamber of Commerce, she said.

His next stop will be in Colombo, where Pompeo will express America’s solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as they stand united against the despicable Easter Sunday terrorist attacks. He will also discuss promising opportunities for US-Sri Lanka cooperation based on shared commitments to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, she added.

Pompeo will then travel to Osaka, Japan, to participate in the G20 Leaders’ Summit from June 28 -29, the first such gathering hosted by Japan.