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  • Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold placards during a protest against U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to India, in New Delhi, India, June 25, 2019.

    Demonstrators shout slogans as they hold placards during a protest against U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to India, in New Delhi, India, June 25, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 25 June 2019

Anti-riot police watch closely the protesters in the downtown center of New Delhi.

Hundreds of activists marched Tuesday in the Indian capital to protest the visit of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, denouncing the aggressive foreign policy in the Middle East and South America.

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Protestors, including students, teachers, leftist polical leaders, demanded the end of U.S. sanctions against the governments of Venezuela, Iran and Cuba, calling them "imperialist."

The demonstrations were convoked by India's Organization for Peace and Solidarity with slogans like "Hands off Iran," "Enough U.S. wars."

They also urged the Indian government not to cut off oil importations to Iran as Washington demands.

Pompeo arrived on Tuesday for talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi where he is expected to tackle a host of delicate issues from trade to India's longstanding defense and energy ties to Russia and Iran.

Pompeo landed in New Delhi late on Tuesday night after an unannounced trip to Kabul.

He will kick off his visit to India by calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was re-elected for a second term last month.

Just ahead of his visit, New Delhi imposed tariffs on some U.S. goods after President Donald Trump's administration threw India out of a group of countries that were allowed duty free access for some of their products into the large U.S. market.

Washington has also threatened to impose sanctions on Turkey, a NATO ally, which is also buying the S-400 system.

Under U.S. pressure, India has stopped buying oil from Iran, one of its top suppliers, and the two Indian officials said the oil-dependent economy had taken a hit as a result.

Now, with tensions rising between the United States and Iran, New Delhi is further worried about the security of its energy supplies.

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