US, Indian leaders vow to boost trade, anti-terror cooperation

US, Indian leaders vow to boost trade, anti-terror cooperation

Modi-Trump meet: Significantly, US President, when he met Prime Minister Modi, in his initial comments in front of gathered photographers inside the White House said, “You have done a great job; I would like to congratulate you.

We will destroy radical islamic terrorism”, Trump said.

The two leaders are expected to push for closer co-operation on defence and global security. On trade, Trump demanded fewer barriers for American companies exporting to India.

In his remarks, Trump said: “We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism”.

Modi, a Hindu nationalist but also leader of a nation with almost 175 million Muslims, did not use the same, charged terminology.

“The relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, never been better”, Trump said alongside Modi in the Rose Garden in front of top U.S. and Indian officials and the media.

Washington, Jun 27 With an eye on China and the disputes in the South China Sea, India and the U.S. today called for freedom of navigation and resolving of territorial and maritime disputes peacefully in accordance with global law.

Trump did not mention USA differences with India on immigration and the Paris climate accord. That prompted sharp denials from New Delhi. Heaping praises on Prime Minister Modi, Trump said that he had been reading a lot about him and that he would want to congratulate him for the exemplary leadership he has shown, primarily, economically. The meeting came as the State Department approved the $365 million (326 million-euro) sale of a C-17 military transport plane to India.

It was not clear whether the terrorist designation of Salahuddin signals a tougher US policy toward Pakistan.

Modi landed in Washington on Sunday to start his two-day visit to the United States.

Modi described his talks with Trump as “extremely important”, hailing a bilateral relationship that is based on mutual trust and shared values.

On Monday evening, Trump and Modi had a working dinner, the first time Trump has played host to a foreign dignitary at a White House dinner.

“The relationship between India has never been better and stronger”, Trump added. The U.S. deficit in goods and services with India previous year was about $30 billion. Modi invited Trump and his family to visit India, and the US President has accepted his invitation. “It’s a great honour to have PM Modi here who has been such a great PM”.

They will have one-on-one talks followed by statements to the news media without taking questions.

The two leaders pledged to deepen defence and security cooperation, building on the United States’ recognition of India as a Major Defence Partner, the statement said.

The two agreed that the two countries have a deep and growing strategic partnership and hope to work more closely on regional and global issues, the official had said.