Trump urges Modi to fix deficit, stresses strong ties

Trump urges Modi to fix deficit, stresses strong ties

Trump urges Modi to fix deficit, stresses strong ties

During their meeting, the two leaders also "committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including al-Qaeda, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT), D-Company (led by underworld don and terror mastermind Dawood Ibrahim), and their affiliates".

Michael Kugelman, a South Asia expert at the Wilson Center, predicted that Wednesday's summit would be a "no-frills, let's get acquainted affair" whose outcomes, from their body language to the post-meeting joint statement, will offer clues about the future of U.S. -India relations.

While there were no major announcements, Trump´s administration confirmed it had given the green light to the $366 million sale of a transport carrier to India, along with a separate purchase of around 20 drones. With the Trump administration undertaking a review of the H-1B visa, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, the issue had taken centrestage ahead of Modi's U.S. visit with the issue expected to figure prominently in bilateral discussions. "Economically, India's doing very well".

"I shook hands but I grabbed him and hugged him because that's the way we feel", Trump said at a joint news conference, describing the Abe embrace.

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Before leaving for Netherlands, PM Modi also announced that apart from the Dutch PM, he will also call on King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and will meet Queen Maxima.

Responding to a question on H-1B visa-related issues, Mr. Jaishankar said there was a discussion on cooperation in innovation and digital partnership.

On the contrary, India can lose more on other fronts while trying to align its priorities with the US. 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. "We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism".

Moreover, the joint statement by Trump and Modi were littered with references to common problems such as Pakistan, China and even North Korea, and this meant that India and United States have taken their shared interest in counter-terrorism to a brand new level of strategic cooperation. "I am extremely grateful to them", he said. The administration is also set to offer a $2 billion sale of USA -made unarmed drones to help in surveillance of the Indian Ocean.

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When Modi arrived at the White House, he was greeted not just by Trump but also Melania, as is the usual U.S. tradition. "So, I would like to congratulate him", he said. The two leaders hugged each other twice.

Noting that extensive economic and tax reforms launched in their respective countries will unlock huge economic opportunities for both countries, both leaders committed to further expanding and balancing the trade relationship and to removing obstacles to growth and jobs creation. "It's safe to say the health of the US-India relationship remains quite robust".

There are undoubtedly similarities between Modi and Trump as individuals - both are seen as men from outside the establishment who stormed to power riding a popular wave and both have devised their own ways of connecting to the people, bypassing the mainstream media, through social media. The U.S. deficit in goods and services with India a year ago was about $30 billion. "Makes us feel very good and there's no one who makes military equip [ment] like us". "Similarly, India's development and its increasing role on the world stage is good for America", he said. "And next month, they will join together with the Japanese navy to take place in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the vast Indian Ocean", said Trump, according to the joint press statement released by the White House.

The United States also has offered to sell a naval variant of the Predator drone made by U.S. defense contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the White House said in a statement, a deal that would be worth more than $2 billion. He said, "We hope we will be catching up with you very soon".

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Both leaders also expressed concern over rising instability in Afghanistan caused by terrorism, and agreed to continue strengthening coordination for ensuring peace and stability in the war-torn country.

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