Esper on Tuesday told a Washington audience that he and the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would be travelling to New Delhi next week for the 2 2 Ministerial with their respective Indian counterparts Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.
The exact dates of the ministerial have not been officially announced yet.
“Secretary Pompeo and I will be there next week. It’s our second 2 2 with the Indians, the third ever for the United States and India. And it’s very important. India will well be the most consequential partner for us, I think, in the Indo Pacific for sure in this century,” Esper said in response to a question during a webinar organized by The Atlantic Council think-tank.
To another query, he said, “India is the world’s largest democracy, a very capable country, very talented people. And they face of every day with the Chinese…