But this is for the first time that Trump has hosted a foreign leader for a dinner at the White House.
President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) hug while making statements in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.
Modi and Tillerson discussed how the two countries can cooperate in countering the challenge, Baglay said, adding they deliberated on the broad direction in this context.
Modi later joined Trump and the first lady for dinner at the White House. “I am a big fan of Hindu, and I am a big fan of India“.
Trump also took the opportunity to praise Modi during his visit. “Economically, India’s doing very well”.
Replying to him, Modi said the “icing on the cake” was that in those elections, “our party won”.
The Trump administration also moved to demonstrate the desire to increase cooperation with India.
Modi said his economic plan and Trump’s “Make America Great Again” stance “will add new dimensions to our cooperation” and it is “very clear” each nation’s interests are bolstered by the other’s prosperity.
Modi, as was expected, raised the issue of cross-border terrorism with President Trump but that did not find a mention in the joint statement.
Trump said he is keen to work with Modi on creating a “fair and reciprocal” trade relationship between the two nations and called for the removal of “barriers” for the export of United States goods into Indian markets.
Although there are not expected to be any major defense announcements, the California-based contractor General Atomics said it had been given clearance by the USA government to sell drones to the Indian army.
Without naming China, Modi and Mattis emphasised the need for adhering to the global laws, freedom of navigation, air travel and communication.
He recalled his visit to Washington last June and his address to a joint session of the US Congress, where he said that the relationship between India and America had overcome the “hesitations of history”.
Despite the upbeat rhetoric, the relationship between the two leaders has hit some initial snags.
Indian technology firms are a big beneficiary of the program, but Trump issued an executive order in April created to review how the program is impacting American workers and whether companies are exploiting loopholes and undercutting the domestic labor force. The order proposes reforms to ensure that H-1B visas are awarded only to the most skilled or highest-paid applicant. She had further added that United States only wanted to correct the lottery process. Modi, who arrived in Washington DC on Saturday night at the invitation of the US President, is scheduled to spend more than four hours at the White House.
Modi said Trump has been following India’s growth march and economic progress.
Modi while expressing gratitude to President Trump said that the warm welcome extended to him was a welcome to 125 crore people.
The working dinner that Trump is hosting for Modi is the first of its kind under the current United States administration. Trump welcomed the parting gesture, patting Modi kindly on the back.
Meanwhile, Indian officials reject suggestions that Modi’s “Make in India” platform is protectionist and complain about the USA regulatory process for generic pharmaceuticals and rules on fruit exports to the United States.
The Prime Minister emphasised that India wants good relations with all countries, including its neighbours.
On Sunday, the Indian leader met with top American executives, painting for them a picture of a business-friendly India with “minimum” governmental encumbrances. Paramount in their discussions are the issues of trade, security, energy and immigration, as well as regional issues between India and Pakistan.