Kashmiri and Sikh protestors waved flags and chanted slogans against India s Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he arrived at the White House for a meeting with President Donald Trump. “I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change”, Modi said in a pre-departure statement in New Delhi on June 23.
Modi termed his talks with Trump, the first between the two leaders, as an “important page in the history of India-US relationship”.
The two leaders underlined the close ties between their countries, with Trump saying India has a “true friend” in the White House. “In recent years, to ratchet up geopolitical pressure on China, the United States has cozied up to India”, an article in the Global Times said.
Speaking in the Rose Garden after their talks, Trump said: “Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump also vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists. “Like the United States, India is too familiar with the grave danger posed by radical Islamic terrorists”, he said on Tuesday.
Modi in turn made Trump smile by hailing the property tycoon’s reputation as dealmaker.
“I want to make a point here that United States relationships with India and Pakistan really stand on their own merits and terms”, a senior administration official said. The U.S. deficit in goods and services with India a year ago was about $30 billion.
Trump said he would like a trading relationship that is “fair and reciprocal”.
He added: “We are believers, giving citizens of our country to hear directly from the elected leaders and from us to hear directly from there”.
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.
While, earlier this month, Trump singled out India during his announcement declaring the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. 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. Before their meeting began, he thanked India for ordering military equipment from the US.
Talking about the working dinner, the first for a foreign dignitary at the White House under the current administration, Perry said in the energy sector LNG (liquefied natural gas), clean coal and nuclear energy cooperation was discussed.
Trump administration officials have pointed to both leaders’ impact on social media – each has more than 30 million Twitter followers – as proof they are cut from the same cloth. “Trying to get the price up a little bit”, he said. “If they click, we go up higher”.
He will meet with CEOs of Dutch companies and “will encourage them to join the Indian growth story”.
Five U.S. 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.
“The Indian Prime Minister Modi departed Washington last night after a successful trip to Washington“.