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US envoy to UN Nikki Haley travels to India on maiden visit

Talks between Haley, the highest ranking Indian-American in the Donald Trump administration, and Indian officials could include a host of topics including India-US strategic ties and significant global developments

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New York: US Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley will be in India on Tuesday on a three-day bilateral visit. Haley’s visit comes just days before the inaugural US-India 2+2 on 6 July in Washington, where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will represent India.
Talks between Haley, the highest ranking Indian-American in the Donald Trump administration, and Indian officials could include a host of topics including India-US strategic ties and significant global developments.

 

While the media advisory did not give further details of the 46-year-old diplomat’s programme during her visit, she could call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is likely to meet senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs.

She will also deliver remarks to a group of business and government leaders, students, and civil society on advancing US-India relations.

The visit to India by one of the Republican party’s rising stars comes just days before US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman in for the inaugural US-India 2+2 on 6 July.

This meeting will focus on strengthening strategic, security, and defense cooperation as the United States and India jointly confront global challenges, the has said.

Haley’s visit assumes significance as the Trump administration walks away from key multi-lateral pacts, re-writing American engagement with its key western allies.

Haley’s visit comes just days after she announced, alongside Pompeo, that the US was withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council.

Under the Trump presidency, the US has pulled away from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris Climate agreement, where India had played a leadership role in bringing the global pact to fruition.

Following Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran deal and the re-imposition of sanctions, Swaraj had said at a press conference in New Delhi that India will comply with UN and not any country-specific sanctions.

 

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