Rex Tillerson, US Secretary of States arrived in India for a three-day visit. The trip assumes diplomatic significance as Tillerson is the second high-ranking official of the Trump Administration to visit India in the last two months. US Defence Secretary James Mattis had visited India last month. Tillerson met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi. He is expected to address the media and later he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence.
The U.S. Secretary of State’s visit to India is a part of his five-nation tour that includes Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Switzerland alongside. Tillerson’s visit also comes at a time when the Trump administration is “considering” India’s request for armed drones for its air force. The External Affairs Ministry had said that there will be detailed discussions on further strengthening India-U.S. partnership.
Tillerson will meet with senior Indian leaders to “discuss further strengthening of strategic partnership and collaboration on security and prosperity” in the Indo-Pacific region, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in Washington last week.