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India Needs To Be Central To What US Does, Says US Secy Of State Mike Pompeo

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| May 25 , 2018 , 09:46 IST

The relationship between US and India continues to improve as India emerges into a global power, and the importance of India to the US was highlighted by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday as he asserted to lawmakers that India "ought to be" one of America's closest partners.

"For scores of reasons, India needs to be central to what we do. Specific issues South Central Asia issues, Southeast Asia issues. They ought to be one of our closest partners and we ought to do everything we can to make sure that we achieve that," Pompeo said to members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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"Defense Secretary (James) Mattis and I will jointly meet with our Indian counterparts in a dialogue. I don't know that the date's been set but we're looking to do it. I think it is set this summer, very important," he added.

Earlier this week US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert had also highlighted the 'partnership' between US and India and that the US supports India's emergence as a leading global power and as a key partner in the Indo-Pacific region.

"The US-India partnership is rooted in shared democratic values and a commitment to a rules-based order. We support India's emergence as a leading global power and as a key partner in our efforts to ensure that the Indo-Pacific is a region of peace, stability and growing prosperity," Nauert had said.