#Mark Esper

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar along with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, ahead of India-USA 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

  • Reports suggest that during the recent 2+2 dialogue, Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper had tried to push India to purchase MQ-9 Reaper drones
  • The US pushed the argument that the drones would perform a critical role in better preparing India's army for the border tension with China
  • India declined the MQ-9 offer because of the high per unit cost and also the drone’s limited utility in the context of the current stand-off in Ladakh

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Mark Esper served as the Defence Secretary for 16 months. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@EsperDoD)

  • Mark Esper was Trump's fourth Pentagon chief in four years
  • Christopher Miller, the current head of the National Counterterrorism Center, will take over as the acting defence secretary
  • Miller has served in the military for 31 years, having been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2001 and 2003 respectively

.Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Colombo, Sri Lanka on October 28. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Mike Pompeo became the highest-ranking official of the Trump-administration to visit Sri Lanka
  • He said both the United States and Sri Lanka have a shared vision on democratic principles
  • Ahead of Pompeo's visit, the Chinese Embassy accused the US of interfering in its ties with Sri Lanka

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar along with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, ahead of India-USA 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

  • India and the US have decided to share Space Situational Awareness Information
  • The two sides also expressed the intent to continue the India-US Space Dialogue
  • The India-US 2+2 dialogue was held in New Delhi on Tuesday

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Tuesday after India-US 2+2 dialogue. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@narendramodi)

  • PM Modi met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper
  • Pompeo and Esper earlier the day held India-US 2+2 dialogue with EAM S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh
  • In the India-US 2+2 dialogue, the two nations inked a landmark defence agreement

.Delhi, India
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, EAM S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval. (Photo Credit: Twitter/ANI)

  • Michael Pompeo and Mark Esper met PM Narendra Modi
  • India and US inked a landmark defence agreement
  • Pompeo and Esper are on a two day visit to India 

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mike Pompeo, S Jaishankar, Mark Esper, Rajnath Singh addressed a joint press conference. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Mike Pompeo said US will continue to support India's permanent membership of the UNSC
  • Both countries signed a data pact and also inked a landmark defence pact - BECA
  • We made clear that cross border terrorism is completely unacceptable, EAM Jaishankar said

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper met with Rajnath Singh and S Jaishankar. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • Defence ministry’s Additional Secretary Jivesh Nandan signed the agreement on behalf of India
  • India and the United States signed the BECA at the 2+2 Ministerial dialogue
  • Defence secretary Mark Esper said the United States wanted stronger ties with India

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Officials from both US and India attending the 2+2 Ministerial dialogue in New Delhi. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • In US-India 2+2 Ministerial dialogue, 'threats' from China took the frontseat
  • Today is a new opportunity for two great democracies like ours to grow closer, Pompeo said
  • Mark Esper said the United States wanted stronger ties with India

.New Delhi, Delhi, India
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. (Photo credit: Twitter/@ANI)

  • Issues of strategic importance were discussed at the meeting
  • The meeting took place ahead of the third edition of 2+2 ministerial dialogue
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and EAM S Jaishankar held talks with their US counterparts