“The security partnership between the United States and India is incredibly important”.
Alliance for Fair Trade (AFTI) with India welcomed Trump and Modi’s statements recognising the great potential of the India-US economic relationship. It was also extensive and very detailed on certain issues.
Before this, the United States declared terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen’s leader Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist which India had always been seeking.
While delivering joint statements, Trump admitted the possible differences they have, but he preferred to stay optimistic and stressed that they agree on most things. “It is natural that we will be discussing not only bilateral issues but also a slew of global issues”, he said.
“New Mechanism will be established to tackle terrorism”.
The Indian prime minister arrived in Washington on Sunday to start his two-day visit to the United States, in an effort to push for closer bilateral ties and strengthen cooperation with Washington.
The mention of terrorism was another big win for India.
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.
“India is now a global economic power”.
“Increasing productivity, job creation and breakthrough technologies will be the driving force of our ties”, he added. From Obama to Trump, it has been a long road, but Modi’s success lies in making the journey fruitful for both sides even as the destination remains firmly in sight.
“Thank you very much”, Trump said at a joint press conference Monday evening. India has its own concerns, including over regulatory barriers faced by its producers of generic medicinal drugs.
This was followed by more hugs and handshakes while seeing Modi off at the end of a four-hour interaction and working dinner, the first Trump has offered at the White House for a visiting leader since becoming President on January 20.
On security issues, both USA and Indian leaders emphasised the importance of combating terrorism, including intelligence exchanges.
In the give and take between two countries, this is as transactional as it can get. The “personal chemistry” quite evident in this case. Without mentioning China, they reiterated “the importance of respecting freedom of navigation, overflight, and commerce throughout the region” and called “upon all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with worldwide law”.
Such a sale of sensitive hardware must be authorized by the State Department before being sent to Congress for review.
Answering questions later, Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said the United States move to declare Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist had sent a clear signal.
Most or all of Trump’s visions as candidate or policies as the president have not been well received by the world, be it is imposing ban on travel to the US; taking a harsh stance on Iran; pulling out of the Paris climate deal and other trade agreements; intending of building a wall along the US-Mexico border; etc.