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US announces purpose of Pompeo visit

The US Department of State officially announced for the first time today (21) that Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will visit Sri Lanka next week and the purpose of the visit.

“Secretary 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,” it said in a press statement.

Before visiting Sri Lanka Pompeo will travel to New Delhi, India and from Colombo he will fly to Malé, Maldives and Jakarta, Indonesia, with the entire trip being scheduled between October 25 – 30.

In New Delhi, Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and their Indian counterparts will lead 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.

Pompeo will travel to Malé to reaffirm our close bilateral relationship and advance our partnership on issues ranging from regional maritime security to the fight against terrorism.