The trip is aimed at strengthening strategic ties amid the growing influence of China in the region.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in India on Monday as part of a five-day tour of Asian countries aimed at strengthening strategic ties as China’s influence in the region increases.
According to journalists accompanying the Secretary of State, U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster was met at New Delhi Pompeo airport.
Pompeo is scheduled to meet with Indian Foreign Minister Subramanyam Jayshankar on Monday night, and U.S. Secretary of State and Defense Mark Esper will hold talks with Jayshankar and Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.
Pompeo and Esper will visit Indian Prime Minister Narendra Maudie later Tuesday, according to a schedule published by the Indian Foreign Ministry.
After India, Pompeo will visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives, two countries in the Indian Ocean where China is actively investing and developing infrastructure, which is of concern to India and the United States.
India is involved in a military confrontation with China on the disputed Himalayan border.
The final point of the tour will be Indonesia – one of the countries of South-East Asia, concerned with China’s increasing activity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea.