A visit to Sri Lanka and Maldives has been on the cards for US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, by this month, according to the officials of both the nations. Washington wants to curb China’s surging influence in the said region.
Two-way talks will be held in Colombo by Pompeo on October 28, as per a spokesperson from Shri Lanka’s foreign ministry. Possibly, Pompeo will be stopping in the Maldives’ capital of Male for a few hours on the same day, according to two people who scheduled the arrangements for the trip.
Yang Jiechi, who is China’s top diplomat, made a visit to Colombo this month. In the past few years funding and constructing for essential infrastructure in Shri Lanka and the Maldives has been offered more and more by Beijing, cautioning India, the traditional regional power.
A visit to New Delhi?
A source from the Indian government said that Pompeo was planning to visit New Delhi as well during this month with Defence Secretary mark Esper for a discussion with the foreign minister Subramanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh, the Defence minister.
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“Incoming visits of official foreign delegations will be announced once a visit is scheduled and confirmed,” the foreign secretary of Maldives stated.
Mike Pompeo was appointed as the Secretary of State on April 26, 2018. He has served as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in the past from January 2017 to April 2018.
Before becoming a part of the Trump Administration, Mr. Pompeo was completing his fourth term as congressman from Kansas’ 4th District. He was on the House Intelligence Committee along with being on the Energy and Commerce Committees, and the Energy and Commerce Committee and House Select Benghazi Committee.