Tillerson will not send high-ranking delegation to India with Ivanka Trump

Shah Rukh Khan

A massive security cover will be thrown around the city Hyderabad with the deployment of over 10,000 policemen as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), being attended Ivanka Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Google's Vice President of Next Billion Users Diana Louise Patricia Layfield, tennis champion Sania Mirza, and CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company Roya Mahboob are among the leading women speakers. The theme of this year's summit is "Women First, Prosperity for All" and will include 1,200 young entrepreneurs, most of whom are women.

One senior State Department official explained to CNN that anyone higher than the deputy assistant secretary won't be participating in the summit. "It's now another rift between the White House and State at a time when Rex Tillerson doesn't need any more problems with the president".

A source close to the White House, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the unusually thin State Department delegation was absolutely being perceived and felt by several key people there as a snub, and that Tillerson's management style and extremely tight inner circle have rubbed some in the administration the wrong way.

The US State Department and other American agencies in partnership with NITI Aayog, India's think tank, are organising GES, which seeks to create an environment that empowers innovators, particularly women, to take their ideas to the next level.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told CNN, "The department is committed to supporting women's economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, and the summit is a prime opportunity to showcase the importance of these themes".


If the reports are true, then they do not bode well for the Indian establishment which had hoped to bill the Summit as a major endorsement by the U.S. of Modi's initiatives on making India a key destination for entrepreneurial investment. Her attendance, however, has been called off by Tillerson's team, CNN reported.

In advance of the summit, the Indian state of Telangana, where Hyderabad is located, has been working to clean up the city, and there have been reports of beggars being relocated.

The news of Tillerson's decision to withhold high-level support for Ivanka arrives in the midst of increased tension between Tillerson and the White House.

Telangana Government included a handloom saree in the list of items to be gifted for the special guest.

Ivanka Trump's spokesman declined to comment on the story.

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