Wheels up for shuttle to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Indonesia: Pompeo – go back and forth

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US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Sunday boarded the flight for the shuttle to India for the third edition of the two-plus-two ministerial dialogue, that begins in New Delhi. The visit comes a week before the American presidential election scheduled on November 3.

The State Secretary will be travelling together with Secretary of Defence Mark T Esper from October 25 to 29. Pompeo will also visit Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Indonesia to engage the countries in discussions on how free nations can work together to thwart threats posed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Taking to Twitter, Pompeo said, “Wheels up for my shuttle to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia. Grateful for the possibility to connect to our partners to elevate a shared vision for a free and open IndoPacific composed of independent, strong, and affluent nations.”

This would be the third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. They’ll be assembly Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Outside Matters Minister S Jaishankar on October 27 and also will have bilateral meetings with their counterparts.

They’ll also be assembly NSA Ajit Doval and will jointly call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The India-US 2+2 talks will focus on four themes — regional security cooperation, defence information sharing, military-to-military interactions, and defence commerce, said the United States State Branch on Friday. The first two 2+2 Ministerial dialogues had been held in New Delhi in September 2018 and Washington DC in 2019.

But even so, Pompeo will be urging the Sri Lankan officials to make decisions approximately its relationship with China and to review the option that the USA offers for translucent and sustainable economic development, according to an earlier remark by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Dean Thompson.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

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