Singapore summit: US VP Pence and PM Modi to discuss bilateral, defence cooperation, says White House

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Narendra Modi would speak about India-US defence cooperation and bilateral relationship all the way through their assembly in Singapore next week, the White House mentioned on Saturday, asserting that "sky is the limit" for New Delhi's position within the Indo-Pacific region.

"They would be talking about the bilateral relationship and a defence cooperation in the kind of larger context. I can't really say if they'll get into trade (ties) specifically at this time," a senior administration professional told foreign reporters all the way through a convention name Saturday.

Modi and Pence are scheduled to satisfy all the way through the ASEAN and East Asia Summit in Singapore next week. Pence leaves on a four-nation Asia trip over the weekend, that might take him to Japan, Australia, Singapore and Papua New Guinea.

He shall be representing President Donald Trump on the ASEAN and East Asia Summit in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) assembly in Papua New Guinea.

Responding to a query, the professional mentioned the two leaders would be talking about "a common vision" for maintaining what the US refers to a unfastened and open Indo-Pacific as India has talked concerning the Act East policy and their "enormous convergence" in those two approaches.

In some admire, those are other names for common means and talking about some of the ones common principles that "we share, seeks to promote and sustain including a freedom of navigation and overflight, sustainable development for the region; the importance of ASEAN and the role that they play, as well as a major democracy in the region that we have very good relations in common with like Japan," the senior administration professional mentioned.

"Really the role for India (in Indo-Pacific region), the sky's the limit,"he mentioned, when asked about what position the US sees for India within the region and President Trump's Indo-Pacific policy.


Noting that India is "such a huge component" of the Indo-Pacific region, the professional mentioned, "It is the second largest population, the world's largest democracy, while the United States is the world's second largest democracy." He added that India isn't just the dominant function geographically, but also politically and culturally within the Indian Ocean.


"With this administration there is a significant increase in quality and tempo of interaction from the top leadership on down," the White House professional mentioned.


Referring to the recent two plus two discussion in New Delhi, he mentioned Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a "very, very good" assembly.


"It was amazing to see the amount of progress that's been made in areas of cooperation as part of our partnership," mentioned the professional, who spoke with foreign reporters on condition of anonymity.
Singapore summit: US VP Pence and PM Modi to discuss bilateral, defence cooperation, says White House Singapore summit: US VP Pence and PM Modi to discuss bilateral, defence cooperation, says White House Reviewed by kailash soni on November 10, 2018 Rating: 5
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