Pompeo’s Asian trip will reaffirm a “free and open Indo-Pacific” – State Dept.

ECONOMYNEXT – The United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to Sri Lanka and three other Asian countries next week has been confirmed by the State Department in Washington.

News that Pompeo will be in Colombo next week was unofficially released last several days ago when a select group of journalists and media organisations received invitations for a media briefing by the top US diplomat.

The State Department announcement said that Pompeo will “travel to Colombo to underscore the commitment of the United States to a partnership with a strong, sovereign Sri Lanka and to advance our common goals for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”

The highlight of Pompeo’s Asia tour will be the third annual U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue to advance the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and expand cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world in New Delhi. He will be joined by Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and their Indian counterparts.

Pompeo will also visit the Maldives and Indonesia, the announcement said.

The purpose of the visit to the other Asian nations will be to reaffirm bilateral relationships “and a free and open Indo-Pacific.” (Colombo, October 22, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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