Indian Diplomacy

India Shares Tillerson’s Optimism for Indo-US Ties: MEA

The external affairs ministry statement comes days after the US secretary of state criticised China and a week before Tillerson’s visit to India.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pauses in his remarks welcoming Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro (not pictured), prior to a bilateral meeting, at the State Department, in Washington, U.S., October 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: After US secretary of state criticised China as a challenge to international rule-based order, India on Friday endorsed Rex Tillerson’s speech enthusiastically, asserting that both New Delhi and Washington had a “shared commitment” in maintaining norms in global flash-points

Secretary Tillerson has made a significant policy statement on India-US relations and its future, an external affairs ministry statement said

“He brought out its various strengths and highlighted our shared commitment to a rule-based international order. We look forward to welcoming him in India next week for detailed discussions on further strengthening of our partnership,” the statement said.

Making a statement on “defining our relationship with India for the next century”, Tillerson last week had said the US is India’s “reliable partner” at the world stage in this period of uncertainty and angst

In a major India-policy speech, the first by the Trump administration, Tillerson had referred to the rise of China, saying its behaviour and action was “posing a challenge to the rules-based international order”

“China, while rising alongside India, has done so less responsibly, at times undermining the international, rules- based order — even as countries like India operate within a framework that protects other nations’ sovereignty,” he had told a Washington audience ahead of his maiden visit to India as the top American diplomat

“China’s provocative actions in the South China Sea directly challenge the international law and norms that the US and India both stand for,” he had said.