Modi-Trump meet: PM Narendra Modi with Donald Trump before leaving from White House.
Modi harked back to Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan to stress that his agenda for his country was little different than Trump’s.
In the thicket of diplomacy, Modi must also to try to grasp an unpredictable US president who derides China as a “currency manipulator” one day, but later calls President Xi “a great guy”.
6/ My visit and our talks will mark a very important page in the history of cooperation and collaboration between the two nations.
But Trump said he wants more action on the part of India to help expand American exports and reduce the U.S. trade deficit.
Our robust strategic partnership is such that it touches upon nearly all areas of human endeavor. India denies that and says it will continue to be part of the accord, regardless of USA participation.
9/Bilateral defence, technology, trade and manufacturing partnerships will improve so they benefit both countries.
“We consider the United States as our primary partner in India’s socio-economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes”, he added. “And I would like to welcome him and his family for a visit to India”.
One of our common priorities will be the development of trade, commerce, and investment links.
Friends, we are not just partners by chance. India and the U.S. also urged Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch cross-border terror strikes.
Further the two leaders emphasised on the need for better intelligence sharing.
We also spoke at length on regional issues.
“We are concerned with the instability in Afghanistan arising out of the recent spate of terror attacks”. He stressed the importance of “doing away” with terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens, apparently reflecting Indian concerns about militants based in Pakistan, India’s historical archrival. India wants the U.S.to ensure visas for its skilled workers, including IT engineers. “After all, we have a certain interest, common interest, in having a more balanced architecture in the Asia-Pacific region”.
With regard to security-related challenges, our enhanced and growing defense and security cooperation is extremely important. Modernizing India’s defenses will strengthen both countries, she said. “We hope we’ll be catching you very soon in terms of percentage increase – I have to tell you, we’re working on it!” In this context, we are extremely grateful for the continued support of the United States for India’s membership of global institutions and regimes. Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. I deeply appreciate your strong commitment to the enhancement of our bilateral relations.
“I’m sure that under your leadership our mutually beneficial strategic partnership will gain new strength. and that your vast and successful experience in the business world will lend an aggressive and bold agenda to our relations”. But he has been willing to express America’s special relationship with a select few.
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The comments came as Modi came to Washington looking to revitalize a relationship that had flagged as Trump looked to build a strong relationship with India’s rival, China.
While Trump’s relations with some traditional allies had a rocky start, he and Modi appeared to strike up an immediate rapport in their first meeting, exchanging hugs in the White House Rose Garden in front of reporters.