Trump and Modi share hugs, promise closer ties in White House meeting

Trump and Modi share hugs, promise closer ties in White House meeting

Trump and Modi share hugs, promise closer ties in White House meeting

"The relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, never been better", Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden, standing alongside Modi.

Regarding Trump's "Make America great Again" campaign slogan, Modi stressed that his agenda for India was different, but added that the convergence of the United States president's campaign with his vision of "New India" will cater to new dimensions in cooperation.

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. FILE - In this August 30, 2014, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe upon arrival at State Guest House in Kyoto, western Japan.

Five US senators signed a letter to Trump expressing concern about violations of religious liberty in India, including discrimination against religious-based aid groups, and asking him to make the issue a top priority during Modi's visit.

Earlier, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declined to say whether Modi had requested that the leaders not take questions or if it was Trump's decision.

"We're believers, giving the citizens of our countries the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials", Trump said.

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Modi said he wanted to bring the US-India "strategic partnership to new heights".

Trump repeatedly thanked Modi for visiting the USA and the White House, saying he enjoyed their "very productive conversation".

In their address at the White House Rose Garden, the two leaders also touched on trade, security, bilateral co- operation and instability in Afghanistan, among other issues. "I would like to congratulate him for this".

"Political because of the values we share with respect of rule of laws and security", he said.

"The positive body language between the two men, the focus on defence ties and commercial cooperation, and above all the focus on the inevitability of a deep lasting what we've been used to seeing and hearing (in) high-level meetings between Indian and American leaders in recent years", Mr Kugelman wrote.

The Washington Post also reported that first daughter Ivanka Trump will be traveling to India to attend an entrepreneurship summit, on the heels of a controversial Fox & Friends interview during which she said, "I try to stay out of politics". Trump's @realdonaldtrump Twitter handle has 32.8 million followers, while Modi's Twitter game draws more than 31 million followers.

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The two leaders also "strongly condemned" continued provocations by North Korea "emphasizing that its destabilizing pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programs poses a grave threat to regional security and global peace", according to the statement.

Ashok Sajjanhar, a former Indian diplomat, said that India is hopeful but apprehensive.

"This was really an occasion for us to send a message that India was a reliable dependable partner, that was fully reciprocated on the American side", he said.

Experts expect those sales to be of drones and any tightening in relations between India could jeopardize the US-Pakistan relationship.

Mr. Trump and Mr. Modi pledged to work together to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors.

"For Trump, the personal is political", said Atman Trivedi, an Asia specialist at Hills & Company consultancy.

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