Trump Meets Modi: A Political Bromance At Best

Trump Meets Modi: A Political Bromance At Best

Unlike the feverish anticipation over past meetings between Modi and former President Barack Obama, expectations for Modi’s new relationship with Trump had been lukewarm.

“I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations”.

“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. The Indian prime minister will also hold a meeting with CEOs of Dutch companies and call on King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima. India frequently accuses Pakistan of harboring terrorists who launch attacks on Indian soil.

Modi said the Netherlands is the 5th largest investment partner globally and in the last three years it has emerged as the 3rd largest source of FDI for the country.

“I am confident that with your help, and with the commitment that President Trump and Prime Minister Modi renewed yesterday we will usher in a new era of jobs, opportunity, and prosperity for both our countries, and for all our people”, Pence said.

Key military and civilian defence leaders continue to meet via reciprocal counterpart visits and strategic and policy dialogues, promoting closer service ties and improving interoperability among our forces, the White House said.

Trump struck upon the topic of purchase of military equipment, in reference to the recent F16 joint production deal. Thank you very much. We see a paradigm shift in the United States strategy, and it’s becoming reminiscent of the George W Bush era bonhomie between Manmohan Singh and then USA president.

In a tweet, Mr Trump described Mr Modi as a “true friend”.

Water is a prime sector for cooperation between the two countries, Modi said, referring to a joint water technology initiative, Dutch Indian Water Alliance for Leadership Initiative (DIWALI). And Modi also hugged French President Emmanuel Macron, a man whose white-knuckled handshake with President Trump went viral, as seen in the below photo of Macron and Trump shaking hands with a grip so hard it appeared their lives depended on the firm shake. The Netherlands also supported India’s early entry into the NSG and other multilateral export control regimes and backed the country’s bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.

Above all, these objectives include combating terrorist threats, promoting stability across the Indo-Pacific region, increasing free and fair trade, and strengthening energy linkages. With PM Modi, Indian side was represented by India’s Foreign Secretary, S. Jaishankar, National Security Adviser (NSA), Ajit Doval and the Indian ambassador to the US, Navtej Sarna.

Both leaders strongly condemned the use of double standards in addressing the menace of terrorism and agreed to strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism both at the bilateral level and within the multilateral system. “It’s the right time to fix responsibility and highlight the core problem”, he added.

Ivanka in a tweet had thanked Prime Minister Modi for inviting her to lead the U.S. delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit which will be held in India later this year.