US Vice-President Mike Pence to Meet India’s Modi Next Week: White House

US vice-president Mike Pence is set to meet Indian prime minister Narendra Modi during his four-nation trip next week, the White House has said.

Pence will also attend the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore.

Although the summit is usually attended by the president of the US, this time around Pence will be representing the country at the request of president Donald Trump.

Pence will travel to Japan, Singapore, Australia, and Papua New Guinea between November 11 and 18 to attend the US-ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit in Singapore as well as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Papua New Guinea.

Besides meeting Modi, Pence will also participate in meetings with Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, Singapore premier Lee Hsien Loong, Papua New Guinea’s prime minister Peter O’Neill, and Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

Pence will be joined by national security advisor John Bolton for the US-ASEAN Summit and East Asia Summit in Singapore and APEC meetings in Papua New Guinea.

“The Vice President is honoured to represent Trump at the US-ASEAN Summit and APEC next week, where he will highlight American leadership in the region and reaffirm our commitment to freedom, economic prosperity, and security in the Indo-Pacific,” Alyssa Farah, press secretary for the vice-president was quoted as saying by Press Trust of India.

Farah added: “He will also deliver the message that authoritarianism, aggression, and the disregard for other nations’ sovereignty by any nation in the Indo-Pacific will not be tolerated by the United States.”