Selin ATAY-TDO-Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper met their Indian counterparts for security talks at the State Department as the House of Representatives debated impeachment charges against President Donald Trump.

The United States and India agreed to expand defense, science and technology cooperation, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying impeachment would not distract the Trump administration on national security matters.

The U.S. and India are each dealing with domestic political crises: the U.S. with impeachment, India with widespread protests over a new citizenship law.

“The world should know that despite all the noise, the chaos, the media asking questions that are completely unrelated to the reason we are here today, that the leaders of our two nations are working diligently to protect the American people, to develop a relationship that’s important strategically for the coming decades between the United States and India,” Pompeo said. “We won’t let the noise and the silliness in Washington, D.C., distract us from that,” he said in the news conference with Esper, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

The two sides also discussed China’s growing global footprint, a matter that is of particular concern for both the U.S. and India, and challenges on the Indian subcontinent. On the other hand, Pompeo said that they share India's concerns by claiming that terrorism is spreading from Pakistan to the region, noting the developments in Afghanistan, "I would like to thank India for its efforts on this issue. Afghanistan is an area where we are lagging in cooperation with India., "he said.

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