US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo on Wednesday (June 12) while speaking at the 44th annual meeting of the US-India Business Council said that the Trump administration has taken a far tougher stand on Pakistan as compared to previous presidents.
“Under President Trump, we have taken our defense cooperation to new heights, solidified our common vision for the Indo-Pacific,” the secretary said, further claiming that the Trump administration had taken a far tougher stand on Pakistan, India’ regional rival.
During his short remarks at the event, the Secretary said that both countries must embrace strategic framework. “We respect India as a truly sovereign, important country, with its own unique politics and its own unique strategic challenges,” he said adding, “We realise it’s difficult to deal with the likes of China and Pakistan from across the ocean than it is when they are on your borders.”
Secretary Pompeo also announced that President Obama had supported India’s quest for a permanent seat on the UN Security council, and that’s “a position that the United States continues to support.” He said that the Trump administration has already enabled American companies to export more high tech items to India. “This includes cutting edge defense platforms like armed UAVs and ballistic missile defense systems,” he said. “We have already launched the Asia-EDGE program to help raise private capital to meet its energy and security needs for years to come.”
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17 June, 2019