In a joint statement released after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump, the two nations also called on Islamabad to “expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot, and other cross-border terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistan- based groups”. -Indian relationship.At a closely watched first meeting between the two, Trump and Modi appeared to be getting along well.
It’s the first dinner Trump and first lady Melania Trump have hosted for a foreign dignitary at the White House. In the last decade, it’s sold $15 billion worth of weaponry to New Delhi, according to the senior White House official who briefed reporters on the visit.
In a separate statement, Jagdip Ahluwalia, executive director of Indo American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston, said the United States and India share a symbiotic relationship, and Modi’s first meeting with Donald Trump is an important step in strengthening the relationship between the two nations.
During the hour-long interaction, which took place at the Willard Hotel where Modi is staying, the prime minister also listened requests from the CEOs.
Trump said both nations are “determined” to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them.
“On behalf of Houston, the energy capital of the world and home of the world’s largest medical center, the IACCGH and the strong Indian American community hope to welcome Prime Minister Modi to Houston in the not too distant future, Ahluwalia said”.
As they met, a Pentagon agency said the U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to India of a Boeing C-17 transport aircraft with an estimated cost of $366 million.
Trump thanked Modi for India’s purchase of US military equipment.
“We are also looking forward to export more American energy to India as your economy grows, including major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas, which are right now being negotiated, and we will sign them”.
Trump said and added, the fastest growing economy in the world is India. “I have a feeling”, he joked.
Trump said that in order to further economic partnership, barriers must be removed for American exports and that the trade deficit be shrunk. “This kind of 180-degree turn is very concerning to India”.
The prime minister held wide-ranging discussions with President Trump at the White House on Monday as he leads a high-level delegation to the US.
Trump also attempted to inject a note of levity by describing him and Modi, leaders of the world’s two largest democracies, as “world leaders in social media”.
On fighting terrorism, Kugelman said the two leaders have a similar worldview – that “it needs to be destroyed wherever it rears its murderous head”.
Trump has focused on outreach to China, India’s strategic rival, as he looks to Beijing to rein in North Korea. India is also purchasing $365 million worth of military transport aircraft with another $2 billion sale of US made unarmed drones to be finalized soon.