Pompeo calls India and U.S. natural partners

During his June 25–27 trip to New Delhi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will promote an expanded partnership with India that supports a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific region for the benefit of Indians, Americans “and indeed the entire world.”

The United States and India have close bilateral ties based on their nations’ shared commitment to democracy and a range of common interests.

Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar while in New Delhi.

Statistics about U.S.-India ties. Sources: Depts. of State and Commerce (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)
(State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

In his recent remarks at the India Ideas Summit and 44th annual meeting of the U.S.-India Business Council, held in Washington, Pompeo applauded India’s dynamism and rising prosperity.

He hailed the achievements of the Indian diaspora in the United States and noted that “India’s free-market reforms unleashed the innovation, the entrepreneurship, the sheer drive of its own people to do remarkable things.”

Looking ahead

At the India Ideas Summit, Pompeo said India and the U.S. are natural partners, sharing “a common set of values: the values of democracy and freedom and a core belief in the ingenuity of the human spirit.”

He described India’s recent elections — the largest exercise in democracy in human history — as a powerful example for the rest of the world.

Building on shared values, “we clearly have overlapping interests: defense, energy, space,” Pompeo said. “The list goes on.”

With regard to space exploration, “NASA is already working with the Indian Space Research Organization on the world’s most advanced Earth-observation satellite and India’s second lunar mission,” Pompeo said.

“This is a deeply important relationship,” said Pompeo. “And I know that these conversations … will continue” as Indian and U.S. leaders “figure out how to grow our economies [together] and get win-win solutions for both nations.”