On Galwan clash with China, Mike Pompeo says US stands with India

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 10/28/2020 11:35:18 AM

New Delhi, Oct 27 Visiting US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo today said in New Delhi that his country will stand with India in its efforts to defend its sovereignty. His comments came in reference to the Galwan Valley clash between Indian and Chinese soldiers in June this year at the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh. He said, “We visited National War Memorial to honour brave men and women of Indian armed forces who sacrificed for the world's largest democracy, including 20 killed by PLA in Galwan Valley. US will stand with India as they confront threats to their sovereignty and liberty.” “Today is a great opportunity for two great democracies to grow closer. We have a lot to discuss today-to cooperate amid pandemic, to confront the Chinese Communist party's threats to security and freedom, to promote peace and stability in the region,” said Pompeo. Secretary Pompeo’s comments came after the 2+2 India-US talks. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper discussed various issues with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Earlier, the visiting secretaries also held talks with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval over growing strategic ties between the two countries. Issues of strategic importance were discussed at the meeting, PTI reported. India and the US signed five key agreements during the 2+2 India-US ministerial- level dialogue. These are 1. BECA or the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement or BECA allow India real time access to precision data and topographical images from United States military satellites 2. MoU for technical cooperation.


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