Secretary Pompeo's remarks on India Policy

Secretary Pompeo's remarks on India Policy



SECRETARY POMPEO: Good evening, everyone. Welcome, and thank you for joining me here. Namaste. Thank you, Ambassador Juster, too, for that
kind introduction. Ken and I have been talking about my return
here to New Delhi for quite some time, since I was last here back in September, and I’m
glad we were able to make it happen shortly after your great election. I want to recognize some special people who
are here as well: The Indian Ambassador to the United States, Harsh Shringla, and many
other members of the Indian diplomatic corps in the audience. I’m honored to be in your presence here
today. Thank you for joining us. I’m also excited to be at the India International
Centre. There’s no better symbol of our two countries’
cooperation than an institution fathered by an American and a future president of India. I just wish I could stay tonight to enjoy
some thali. I hear it’s great. Many of you may not know this, but I had the
chance to come here a number of times on business. I was able to bring my wife Susan here with
a number – on a number of the trips. She and I had the opportunity to visit Bangalore
and Chennai and Hyderabad. It’s many years ago. It was when I ran a small business that made
airplane parts. We were struck on that visit – such entrepreneurship,
such energy, great people, and enormous expectations for a brighter future for this country. We had a wonderful time when we visited. We had terrific hosts. It’s an experience that many Americans have
had when they travel here for business, for pleasure, or for yoga. There’s just something easy about the exchange
between Americans and Indians. Yet as I said in a speech just a few weeks
back in Washington, it took our two nations decades to realize just how far this friendship
could go and just how much we could work together. But in fact, someone did see what was possible. One of India’s eminent thinkers, K. Subrahmanyam,
co-wrote an essay – this was back in 1995 – and it began with these lines: “It is widely understood that the United
States is important to India. It is less well understood how important India
is to the long-term interests of the United States of America.” I want you all today to know that I understand
that, and that America understands that. I just had a great opportunity. I finished an excellent set of meetings with
Prime Minister Modi, Minister Jaishankar, and other officials. We didn’t just talk about bilateral relations,
the relationship between our two countries, although we spent a fair amount of time talking
on that important topic. We also talked about what I’ll call a new
age of ambition, the new age of ambition for our two proud nations. We shouldn’t see each other only through
the narrow, bilateral lens, and I want to talk about that tonight. We each, India and the United States, should
see the world as it is, and see each other for what we are: great democracies, global
powers, and good friends. We have the ability to forge a new kind of
cooperation that won’t just be good for us, but for the region, and indeed for the
entire world. That’s what I told your leaders this afternoon. And it’s my pleasure to share this vision
with you here this evening. Look, we start from a good place – a very
good place. We are blessed that U.S.-India friendship
is rooted in a solid foundation. The rule of law. Respect for human dignity. The importance of civil society. These ideals, they allow people to flourish. The Indian people believe in them. And Americans believe in them as well. We share common historical threads upon which
to build. We both struggled for independence. We both wrote constitutions that begin with
the words “We the People.” And we both protect unalienable rights. When President Eisenhower, a great Kansan
– my home state – when President Eisenhower visited India in 1959, he said, quote: “Between
the first largest democracy on earth, India, and the second largest, America, lie 10,000
miles of land and ocean. But in our fundamental ideas and convictions
about democracy, we are very close neighbors.” And we ought to be even closer, end of quote. I certainly agree with President Eisenhower. Look, you just proved enormously your commitment
to democracy last month in the largest democratic exercise in the world’s history. It was an example for the region. Imagine – imagine if every nation had the
vigorous debates and voice that the Indian people just had the opportunity to express. And yet in spite of all this, there’s a
nagging misconception that our countries are not able to be full partners – the distrust
of an earlier era, I think, still lingers. But that’s not true. Just look at what’s already happened. You’ve made hard choices to cut off oil
imports from Iran, and move away from purchasing Venezuelan oil. We know these decisions weren’t without
cost. We’re doing everything we can to ensure
you have adequate crude imports. We appreciate your help in pushing these regimes
to behave like normal countries, and the Venezuelans to take care of their people. You supported the global campaign of pressure
and diplomacy with North Korea, to encourage Chairman Kim to go back to the bargaining
table, and ultimately, to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Korean
Peninsula. You’ve joined America, too, for regular
meetings between our top defense and diplomatic leaders. Your navy recently joined ours, alongside
those of Japan and the Philippines, for a group sail for the first time in the South
China Sea. There, we were able to reinforce our partnership
and the freedom of navigation throughout international waterways. Recently, too, India voted against giving
the United Nations observer status to a Palestinian NGO tied to terror group Hamas, because rewarding
terror groups is just wrong. Both India and America know that. You’ve contributed, too, $3 billion in fact,
in assistance to Afghanistan, where we’ll keep working to achieve a better future for
the Afghan people, and we will make sure the country never again becomes a hive for terrorist
evil. You’ve collaborated – you’ve collaborated
with USAID, our aid institution inside the Department of State, on economic development
that ranges from training farmers in Kenya, to helping women find employment in Afghanistan,
to helping Nepal meet its energy needs. Your army instructors joined ours earlier
just this month here in New Delhi to train African peacekeepers so they can better defend
themselves. India more and more is standing on the world
stage, and we welcome your assertiveness, because it’s good for the world. It’s why we have for years supported your
permanent seat on the UN Security Council. We’ve seen what’s possible when we work
together for the common good all around the world. I think, too, it’s the moment to think in
a different way, to think even bigger. It’s time for a more ambitious age. Let’s start with counterterrorism. Just a few weeks ago, Prime Minister Modi
called for all nations to band together to fight terrorism, a message that aligns with
what President Trump told the world leaders two years ago in Riyadh, on his first international
visit. We were pleased to see the United Nations
Sanctions Committee designate Masood Azhar last month. And from Kandahar to Sri Lanka and beyond,
this fight will continue. Our work together must continue. Can we work even more closely to thwart terrorism
that afflicts South Central Asia? Then there’s our shared vision for a free
and open Indo-Pacific region – a vision which we arrived at independently, but which
today we pursue together. We both seek to uphold national sovereignty,
the rule of law, transparency, good government, and basic freedoms. And we look forward to working with you in
the western Indian Ocean, alongside countries such as France. Later this year, for the first time ever,
the U.S. military will participate in a tri-service exercise with their Indian counterparts. We respect your sovereignty, and seek a true
partnership. Can we have a more robust defense relationship
grounded in interoperability, with common platforms, shared doctrines, and new technologies? Today 60 percent of global maritime trade
transits through the Indo-Pacific. In past weeks, the Islamic Republic of Iran
has attacked tankers from Japan, Norway, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. In recent years, China has sought dominance
in the South China Sea. Can America and India strategize more comprehensively
on how to safeguard free and open seaways all throughout the world? And on the economic front, just as we want
our governments to instinctively turn to one another as partners, so we seek the same thing
for our companies. Can we – can we help each other’s private
industries disengage from countries with a weak rule of law and invest in partner nations
eager to house our supply chains and our innovators? India’s IT sector, it’s more than just
a digital miracle – it’s a source of national pride. I know it; I can see it. Can we work together as partners, with partners
such as Japan, to keep India’s networks – and the 5G networks of the future ‒ safe
and reliable? I’m confident that we can. Can we come to an agreement that allows data
to flow freely among countries so we don’t balkanize the Internet, make our companies
less competitive, and impede economic growth? I am certain there is a way. Look, India has a chance to contribute robustly
in the energy security region as well. We want that to happen. Can we work together to provide clean energy
for all of the Indian people? And can we help wean your industries off reliance
on partners that don’t share our common, strategic set of interests? One million Indian youth enter the job market
every month. There are trillions of dollars in potential
American investment sitting on the sidelines, waiting to be put to work in the Indo-Pacific
region. The table of prosperity is set. Can India find a new appreciation for the
economic freedom that complements political freedom? I know that we can do this together. What about reducing trade barriers between
our two great nations? I’m very confident – I’m very confident
– that a solution can be found, one that will honor President Trump’s call for fair
and reciprocal trade and benefit the citizens of India and the United States alike. And speaking of the citizenry of our two countries,
India is the birthplace of four major world religions. Let’s stand up, let’s stand up together
in defense of religious freedom for all. Let’s speak out strongly together in favor
of those rights, for whenever we do compromise those rights, the world is worse off. And let’s keep, too, the people-to-people
ties strong. More than half a million Indians have studied
in the United States since the 1960s, and they’ve acquired knowledge that benefits
India and the world. The very father of the Indian constitution,
some of your most successful business leaders, and the 2009 winner of the Nobel Prize for
Chemistry all earned degrees in the United States of America. We want young Indians of today to thrive,
to thrive just in the same way each of those did. Look, I’ll do my part to grow these ties. I’m personally committed to regular calls
with Minister Jaishankar, to continue the conversations that we had today. It’s a step forward for our diplomacy, and
everything I’ve discussed today. You have my word that we will continue to
work hard on this. I know too – I know we can go so far together,
and we’ve already made great progress. We’re on the way there. We’ve made significant progress. But now I must say just after your election,
it’s time that each of us deliver. I often take my cues from someone that you
don’t know. His names is Charles Vijendra Ghoorah. I call him Chuck. Chuck is a decades-long friend of mine. We worked together about 25 years ago. We’ve stayed close friends ever since. He has three degrees. He is a wildly successful businessman, and
his parents still give him a hard time because he didn’t become a doctor. Chuck represents the greatness of your nation. I’ve seen it. And Chuck’s been good to me. He’s been good to Susan and I. He’s helped me understand India in ways
that I might not otherwise have had the chance to do. I’ve always tried to be good to him too. And as you all know, I got a chance to return
a favor back in 2016. I was a member of Congress when Prime Minister
Modi came to Washington, D.C. and he spoke at our Congress on Capitol Hill. Few leaders around the world get a chance
to do that. I very much wanted to the chance to hear – Chuck,
but I knew how much it meant to Chuck to be there, and so I gave him my ticket. It was amazing. All he wanted was to be in the same room with
this great leader who he knew could make things better for both the Indian people and the
people of the United States of America. I want you all to know that I share Chuck’s
view that we can accomplish this. Right now we have an absolute perfect chance,
a perfect chance to go even further than many have dreamed. Right now we have two leaders in President
Trump and Prime Minister Modi who aren’t afraid to blaze great trails and aren’t
afraid to take risks where they’re appropriate. Right now we’re poised to do truly incredible
things for our own people, for the region, and for the world. Let’s see each other with new eyes and embrace
the age of ambition. May God bless you. Hail India. And God bless the United States of America. Thank you all for joining me tonight. (Applause.)

44 thoughts on “Secretary Pompeo's remarks on India Policy

  1. What message are we sending to the future generations ..?In the name of freedom,prosperity,liberty,equality,justice USA will try to destroy and kill innocent people and make them homeless. in the name of acquiring a presidential power for 4 years how many more people will you slaughter..?.world is fed up with your policies.people need food on their table with family along with peace.

  2. “Between the first largest democracy on earth, India, and the second largest, America, lie 10,000 miles of land and ocean. But in our fundamental ideas and convictions about democracy, we are very close neighbors.” – 34

  3. India might be now in great confusion whether to believe USA or not, because communist china helping rogue pakistan, afghanistan is in state of turmoil, bangladesh supports islamic views, srilanka is in debt trap of china, very intense situation for india surrounded by such type of neighbours, whom to believe is difficult for India, america attacked India in 1971 and iran supported India in 1993 against islamic countries joint conspiracy against India, But in 2019 india ditched iran for usa, very intense diplomacy is going on by India, don't know how it will effect this country, in bad or good way.

  4. USA need INDIA more than India need usa. America is can be our friend but can't be brother like Israel,Russia etc countries

  5. US going to loose India's friendship because of Trump's behaviour on tariff goods coming from India

  6. india and the us should increase trade and improve defence. china is a threat to the regional stability.

  7. USA cannot be trusted it is fully oppurtunistic and extractive in nature, it is like if can get, you hold head if not you fall on feet.
    We never believe in USA which tried to ruin INDIA many times in past even when country was running of food grains they blocked food grains, they supported pakistan and created terrorists to take away kashmir and create unrest in India, today the same terrorist bit their creators and these people responsible for Indian slowing, the world should create a seperate currency other than doller and kick USA, these people destroyed iraq, afganistan, libiya, vietnam and ran away what happens to all when war is finished,
    These people send missionaries and try to convert people and try their best to accuse of religious freedom, so that they can promote evangilical activities.

  8. The world should put sanctions on US. The US is such a bully to some countries. Too much of lobbying in Washington.

  9. Obama is better than your government… hope Democrats will win in next election…. we respect USA but not your political leader

  10. India is one of the most powerful and strategic ally USA has.
    President Trump better not ruin this alliance
    We need India more than India needs us.

  11. So you're looking for an ally before the confrontation with PRC? I quess Indian elite is delighted .

  12. India USA relation have great opportunity to both side. US market and Indian Market, China is the problem in business as usual. We as developing nation need USA and China both.
    But all the hardwork have to be done by us Indian.

  13. This is what you Mike Pompeo support > https://www.facebook.com/pg/gunnell666/posts/ — Mike Pompeo, as a Secretary of State you are the most evil American in US history as far as I'm concerned. My father created the CIA, gave it's name in 1906, and according to President George Herbert Walker Bush, if it weren't for my father's money as a major studio builder, film financier, the US would not have won WW I. And then there was the Mormon homosexual Dr. John Gunnell who came along and destroyed my father's career as a major film producer by usurping my father's position as the CIA agent who wreaked havoc on Germany, Poland and other countries in which there were Jews who attained great positions in science and literature, such as Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein, and on behalf of the US, although born in Canada and raised in Newcastle, this decrepit creature, born John Carey Merrick, who also was the boxer Harry Greb, engineered the Concentration Camps, the shower heads with gas, and the crematorium ovens of Nazi Germany, and caused the death of six million Jews. Here is a Facebook page that shows what he did and some of his collaborators, chief among whom is the worst Neo_Nazi criminal Mike Pompeo, who has destroyed the image of the State Department, by not only harboring Dr. John Gunnell from being extradited to Israel where he has been sentenced to be executed by the firing squad, but has also caused the rape of Melania Trump the First Lady of the United States of America by the rapist team of President Obama and FBI Director James Comey. In my opinion, the opinion of the man who is the sole heir of Nimrud Alexander, the man who created the CIA in 1906, death is too good for you Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; you must be put on trial by the US Supreme Court and ultimately I will use all my resources to have you executed by the firing squad. You and any US Government official will never get anything from me by way of consideration. The candidates running for Election in 2020 cannot do anything about you at this time, Secretary Mike Pompeo; but I will never pay the pensions for the three branches of government, the five branches of the US Military, the CIA, the FBI, and the US Supreme Court — as the sole heir of my father, you,, MIke Pompeo will get nothing from me as long as you are alive and neither will Great Britain get any consideration from me until Queen Elizabeth II has been retired from her throne of Great Britain which she has defiled before Almighty God by hating the Jewish people so much so as she supported the Concentration Camps and the prevention of Israel to become a Save Haven for the Survivors of the Holocaust. It was my father Nimrud Alexander who built the United Nations, which the US did not reimburse him for and from where he had the 1947 Resolution to make Israel a State. Any US government official past or present who goes against me, will face the wrath of the US Constitution in the US Courts and the UN Tribunals until they are all executed by the firing squad. I pledge my life to make sure that Queen Elizabeth II be executed first and then along with her everyone in the US Government today, with the exception of President Trump who is my son-in-law and other candidates involved in the Election of 2020 — Vic Alexander

  14. USA and India do share the same democratic values but economically India is still developing and sanctions hit struggling Indian economy badly and so do the tarrifs. Econmic decisions must be taken keeping that in mind.

  15. Lol trillion of dollars sitting around he speak the truth trillion dollars are ready to print by Federal gangster lol 😂 in exchange for Indian good and services so more Indian can became debt slaves like Americans 23 trillion dollars lol 😂

  16. WE THE PEOPLE Rise above pettiness and from our hearts before our eternal loving God and in the light of day He provides before one another serving peace as our hope for our families and that it may be pleasing before God and so we ask our Great Loving Father in heaven to let us each see each other kindly we are created of a pile of elements and water yes loved from the day life was breathed in each of us and we are living souls now in the short time we are blessed with. My friends there are more stars we 0bserve in heaven than there are grains of sand on the earth..and we get to exist in that massive sea of stars each one enoumous. We only Glorify and speak not of our own selves rather that we understand the greatest force of love indeed will light the way foward for every child, person, family, from there its the labor of the need to survive but together we are all safer, happier, understanding, meeker, those that practice the opposite well we know. We all need to find the door that will show genuine AD2019 understanding.forgive me for pouring out for those who are thirsty and know that He wants them as he wants and loves all. I could not speak a single word or feel my moms touch at birth unless he loved me more than even my wonderful mom be blessed Mr Pompeo Sir all due respect we love your good works thats absolutely you Sir Thanks for you courage and being transparent when you speak of the meetings openly thank you!

  17. Trump fixing all fonts. India should buy US Oil and Gas and open US military bases. Democratic Bureaucratic India is surrounded by Communists Russia, Communist China is taking over Pakistan , Sri Lanka to control shipping for Belt and Road and establish military bases. Watching what Wall Street tells US congress to do this time after helping Communist China reach the top world economy.

  18. Pompeo is a war criminal and should be brought before the court the Hague for crimes against humanity for killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan whilst he was head of the CIA when Afghanistan citizens were being tortured by Americans

  19. India trust russia , japan , and israel more than america because america is the most selfish nation on this earth who don't care about humanity outside its land

  20. Jajajaja
    EEUU, stuped nation jajajaja
    Yes but not, not but yes jajajaja
    Pompeo, the fat stuped semenboy jajajaja

  21. 👍🇺🇲🇮🇱🇺🇲🇮🇱🇺🇲🇮🇱🇺🇲👍 I believe in the God of israel. God with us. So, i, m happy, everyday!! 💐Welcome to south Asia india pacific ocean!🇺🇲 Keep walking, Last stop is peace! 🇮🇱Jerusalem is eternal capital in the israel! It, s true. 🇺🇲2020 victory again! President trump is wonderful international leader & We will stand with america!💝 We are good friend & we are the champion!! See you.. Have a good time!

  22. 🇺🇲United states of america, secretary Pompeo! 👍You are a Genius! Nice Guy! (profile: 🇺🇲U. S. Army west point military academy. &🇺🇲 former U. S. CIA CHIEF Director Right? Awesome! & now, 🇺🇲U. S. Secretary, states of minister! Perfect! Tremendous! Superb!!). 👍Everyday i watchig U. S. International news ( abc,, cbs,, pbs,, cnn, fox tv., nbc news..). 💟I love america, forever! Also, God loves america & israel! 🇺🇲I wish prosperity in the america!! & 🇮🇱pray for the peace of jerusalem! I thank you all of you. God bless ISRAEL & america!!

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