Rex Tillerson delivers his first major policy speech on India

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson will deliver his first major policy speech on India at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a think tank based in Washington today.

His address comes just two days after India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley returned from a seven-day visit to the US.

Entitled “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century,” Tillerson’s speech at the CSIS will reiterate the US government’s plans to cooperate with India on a broad range of issues, particularly trade.

At the UN General Assembly meeting in New York last month, Tillerson had a meeting with India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, where they discussed further strengthening the political and economic partnership between the two countries.

US president Donald Trump hosted India’s prime minister Narendra Modi at the White House in June.

On Tuesday, while celebrating Diwali with administation officials in the Oval Office, Trump said that he greatly valued his “very strong relationship” with his Indian counterpart.

“Our Indian-American neighbors and friends have made incredible contributions to our country – and to the world. You have made extraordinary contributions to art, science, medicine, business and education. America is especially thankful for its many Indian-American citizens who serve BRAVELY in our armed forces and as first responders in communities throughout our great land,” he said in a Facebook post.

“Diwali is one of the most important celebrations in the Hindu religion. A time of peace and prosperity for the New Year, it is a tradition that is held dear by more than 1bn Hindus worldwide and more than 2m Hindus in the United States. It is also celebrated by millions of Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains in America, India and around the world,” he added.

Next month, the US and India will co-host the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will focus on female entrepreneurship.

Ivanka Trump will headline the US delegation at the event, while her father is in Asia meeting with leaders in Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines.