U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit India between Oct 20 to 27

ANI | Updated: Oct 19, 2017 23:01 IST

Washington dc [United States] October 19 (ANI): United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit India, between October 20 to 27, as a part of his five -nation tour that include Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Switzerland alongside.

According to a U.S. Department of State release, in the national capital, Tillerson will meet with the "senior Indian leaders to discuss further strengthening our strategic partnership and collaboration on security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region."

"The Secretary's visit to India will advance the ambitious agenda laid out by President Trump and Prime Minister Modi during the Prime Minister's visit to the White House in June," the release further reads.

During his visit to Pakistan, Tillerson will meet with senior Pakistani leaders in Islamabad "to discuss our continued strong bilateral cooperation, Pakistan's critical role in the success of our South Asia strategy, and the expanding economic ties between our two countries. The Secretary will build on the positive conversations he and the Vice President have had with Prime Minister Abbasi."

"This will be his inaugural visit to South Asia (India and Pakistan) as Secretary of State, reaffirming the Administration's comprehensive strategy toward the region," the release added.

In Riyadh, Tillerson will take part in the inaugural Coordination Council meeting between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Iraq. He will also meet with various Saudi leaders to discuss the conflict in Yemen, the ongoing Gulf dispute, Iran, and a number of other important regional and bilateral issues.

In Doha (Capital of Qatar), he will meet with Qatari leaders and U.S. military officials to discuss joint counterterrorism efforts, the ongoing Gulf dispute, and other regional and bilateral issues, including Iran and Iraq.

In Geneva (in Switzerland), he will meet with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Organization for Migration, and the International Committee of the Red Cross to discuss a number of the current global humanitarian crises. (ANI)