U.S. is India's reliable partner, says Rex Tillerson ahead of visit

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2017

"Our nations are two bookends of stability - on either side of the globe - standing for greater security and prosperity for our citizens and people around the world", he said, noting that the challenges and the dangers are substantial.

News agency PTI reported that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will on Wednesday deliver his first remarks on "Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a top American think tank.

"China's provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the global law and norms that the USA and India both stand for", he said.

Tillerson is scheduled to visit India next week. "It is the obligation, not choice of every civilized nation to combat terrorism".

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a Washington audience that PM Modi's visit in June highlighted the many areas of cooperation that are already underway in this new era of strategic relationship.

After assuming office, Trump has committed himself to strengthening the USA relationship with India. "But we won't shrink from China's challenges to the rules-based order, or where China subverts the sovereignty of neighbouring countries and disadvantages the USA and our friends".

Last week, Pakistan, acting on USA intelligence, secured the release of a U.S.

He said that the US-India-Japan trilateral maritime exercises would work to strengthen the security architecture of the Indo-Pacific region.

President Trump had vowed to boost strategic partnership with India in Afghanistan.

The sub-continent is the birthplace of four of the world's major religions, and India's diverse population includes more than 170 million Muslims the third-largest Muslim population in the world, he said. Commenting on the terrorist groups that have been given a safe haven in Pakistan, the secretary of state said, "We expect Pakistan to take decisive action against the terrorist groups based in their own region".

His remarks came as Trump and his senior aides are preparing for a 12-day trip to five Asian nations, including China, that will focus on security and trade. "North Korea's nuclear- weapons tests and ballistic missiles pose a clear and imminent threat to the security of the United States, its Asian allies, and all other nations, he said".

"Pakistan has been a partner to the USA at times". But experts said it was unclear whether China would follow through with the tougher rules.

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are committed more than any other leaders before them to building an ambitious partnership, Tillerson asserted.

Tillerson, who said that he would be visiting New Delhi next week for the first time in his official capacity, also said that US President Donald Trump's administration was "determined to dramatically deepen" ties with India.

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