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Trump’s India visit demonstrates value US places on its ties: Pompeo

US President Donald Trump’s just-concluded India visit demonstrates the value the US places on its ties with New Delhi, secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

Trump’s “first official trip to India this week demonstrates the value the US places on the US-India partnership”, Pompeo said in a tweet on Thursday, a day after the president returned from his two-day visit to India with stops in Ahmedabad, Agra and New Delhi.

“Democratic traditions unite us, shared interests bond us, and under the President’s leadership our partnership has and will only grow stronger,” Pompeo said in a second post as he re-tweeted a White House post with remarks by Trump.

“As we deepen our partnership with India, we remember that our two countries have always been united by shared traditions of democracy and constitutions that protect freedom, individual rights, and the rule of law,” Trump said in an earlier post put out by the White House that also had pictures of his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Acting Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells echoed Pompeo’s views, saying excellent progress was made in bilateral relations during Trump’s visit to India.

“Excellent progress made this week in US India partnership,” she said according to a PTI report.

Trump’s trip to India advanced the shared goals and paved the way for further cooperation in key areas such as energy, defence, people-to-people ties and Indo-Pacific coordination, Wells said.

“We made great strides to advance US-India energy partnership, including taking steps to develop India’s strategic petroleum” and providing $ 600 million in US International Development Finance Corporation investment to develop solar and wind energy, she added.

“We look forward to continued engagement with our great American suppliers of energy products, including” WestingHouse Nuclear and “our Indian partners for big deals that will power US-India relationship into the new decade and beyond. Private sector partnerships make our economies stronger”, Wells said.

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