Trump’s trip demonstrates value US places on ties with India: Pompeo

 

Washington: President Donald Trump’s just-concluded India trip demonstrated the value the United States placed on its ties with New Delhi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.Trump’s “first official trip to India this week demonstrates the value the US places on the US-India partnership”, Pompeo said in a tweet on Thursday.

“Democratic traditions unite us, shared interests bond us, and under the President’s leadership our partnership has and will only grow stronger,” Pompeo said as he re-tweeted the White House post with remarks by Trump.

“As we deepen our partnership with India, we remember that our two countries have always been united by shared traditions of democracy and constitutions that protect freedom, individual rights, and the rule of law,” Trump said in the White House post.

In a series of tweets, Acting Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells said an excellent progress was made during the presidential visit to India.”Excellent progress made this week in US India partnership,” she said.

“Trump’s trip to India advanced the shared goals and paved the way for further cooperation in key areas such as energy, defence, people-to-people ties and Indo-Pacific coordination”, Wells said.

“We made great strides to advance US-India energy partnership, including taking steps to develop India’s strategic petroleum” and providing $600 million in US International Development Finance Corporation investment to develop solar and wind energy, she added.

As the president announced, the US concluded over $3 billions in defence sales to provide America’s finest military helicopters to the Indian armed forces.

“We’re proud to be India’s premier defense partner. Together, we defend our sovereignty and protect a free and open Indo Pacific region for both our peoples,”Wells said.