United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who is in India on a three-day official tour, visited the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk.
Haley also suggested the US and India should join forces to counter China's assertive policies as well as as Pakistani terror threats. "The US values Pakistan as a partner but we can not tolerate the state becoming a haven for terrorists and hope to see a change", ANI quoted her as saying. Washington said that "When America's and India's defence and foreign ministers meet they will discuss ways the USA can continue to support India as a provider of regional security, particularly in and around the Indian Ocean".
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and expressed regret over the dialogue postponement for "unavoidable reasons", said India's External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar in a tweet.
Haley, who was born in SC to Sikh immigrants from the northern Indian state of Punjab, rolled breads at the Sikh shrine, a religious way of paying obeisance to Sikh gurus.
India and the United States went into damage-control mode on Thursday, after the postponement of the first two-plus-two dialogue between the two countries by Washington triggered speculation of a strain in the relationship. "But the strategic partnership we hope to build is bigger and more durable than that", Haley told the India Observer Research Foundation think-tank in New Delhi.
Nikki then went on to visit Jama Masjid and interacted with a child who was sitting outside the mosque.
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The UN ambassador also stressed that the U.S.is seeking a deeper economic and investment cooperation with India based off a balanced, fair, and reciprocal trade.
Since May, China has made it easier for India to export non-Basmati rice, removed import duties on anti-cancer drugs and agreed to share data that predicts river flows between the two countries during the flood season.
In many instances, she added, Pakistan has been a partner with us, and we value and respect that. They, and the Indian officials, pointed to U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley's meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which she said the USA would not tolerate Pakistan becoming a safe haven for terrorists.
The United States also wants India to cut oil imports from Iran following the reimposition of sanctions that had been suspended under a nuclear accord. He pointed to the USA embassy statement and said that the rescheduling was prompted by reasons unrelated to the bilateral relationship and all speculation to the contrary would be exposed in a couple of days.
U.S. -India relations have generally prospered in the past decade, in part due to their shared concerns about the rise of China.
At a recent foreign ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a China-led group, India was the only member country not to endorse China's Belt and Road plans.