US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will be in India from June 25-27 and hold talks with the leadership here to strengthen the strategic partnership. This will be the first high-level visit from any country following the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the return of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his second term .
His visit comes ahead of a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28-29.
During his visit, Pompeo would hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and call upon other dignitaries, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.
“We look upon the visit as an important opportunity for both sides to further strengthen the India-US strategic partnership and continue high-level engagement on matters of mutual interest, including bilateral, regional and global issues,” Kumar said.
“This is the first high-level engagement between India and the US following the elections. This is also the first incoming high-level visit from any country. We look upon this visit as an opportunity to discuss all the issues which will be on the table,” Kumar said.
He said most of the issues under the bilateral framework will be discussed and there will be some talks on regional as well as global issues of mutual interest.
Asked about media reports on the US considering caps on H-1B work visa, Mr Kumar said, “We have not heard anything officially from the US government. We continue to reiterate and engage with the US government on this matter.”