Hugging outside the White House Monday, President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly close strategic partnership as the US branded a top militant from neighboring Pakistan as a “global terrorist”. President Donald Trump found out Monday that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a hugger. India denies that and says it will continue to be part of the accord, regardless of US participation. We held talks on a wide range of issues pertaining to the India-U.S. relations.
“We consider the United States of America as our primary partner for India’s social and economic transformation in all our flagship programmes and schemes”. Trade, commerce and investment are the key areas. 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’re doing that also, by the way”.
“We are concerned with the instability in Afghanistan arising out of the recent spate of terror attacks. In the same way, India’s development and its growing role at the global level are in the USA’s interest”, he said. “We will have close coordination, consultation and communication to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan”, Modi said. “And I hope that you will give me the opportunity to welcome you and host you in India”.
President Donald Trump is thanking India for purchasing US military equipment.
Trump has decried India’s large trade surplus with the United States, and he accused India of seeking to profit from the Paris climate agreement when he announced he was withdrawing from the accord this month. I believe under his leadership, our mutual beneficiary strategic partnership will strengthen. It would be a major expansion of the military and intelligence cooperation between the two countries that began under President Barack Obama.
While the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies touted their common interests during the White House visit, Trump’s “America First” policies of economic nationalism also have brought to the fore some sharp differences with India. “And I would like to welcome him and his family for a visit to India”.
Their White House session promises less pomp than Modi’s previous visits to Washington, which included former President Barack Obama taking him to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in 2014.
Later, as he and Modi joined for talks with senior officials, Trump said the two leaders were making great progress.
Modi said the confidence in each other’s political values and a strong belief in each other’s prosperity has led to greater engagements between the two countries.
Clearly, Modi’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal had done more than its fair share of positioning in the White House.
Incidentally, Trump had a good day on Monday, with the US Supreme Court handing the president a stirring victory by reviving parts of his travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees and agreeing to decide its legality later this year.
In advance of the meeting, the Trump administration approved India’s purchase of almost two dozen unarmed surveillance drones.
The U.S. State Department just approved the $365 million sale of a C-17 military transport aircraft to India and is set to approve a $2 billion sale of U.S. -made unarmed drones.