In White House, amid a bear hug, the chemistry between the US President Donald Trump and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood out in their first summit meeting.
Trump told Modi, “You now have a friend in the White House,” as the two sat down for a meeting discussing closer Indo-US cooperation on issues like terrorism and putting economic partnership on the fast track.
As they stood together after their meeting they declared India, US global engines of growth.
US President Donald Trump said Monday that ties between Washington and New Delhi had ‘never been stronger’ after holding his first talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“The relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, never been better,” Trump said in the White House Rose Garden, standing alongside Modi.
PM Modi and US President Trump discussed in depth several regional issues, including Afghanistan during their meeting. Modi said the rising instability in Afghanistan due to terrorism is a cause of mutual concern for both India and the US.
On Sending out a strong message to terrorism from Pakistan
“The leaders called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries. They further called on Pakistan to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot, and other cross-border terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistan-based groups,” the joint statement reads.
This is what President Trump had to say about fighting terrorism: “The security partnership between the United States and India is incredibly important. 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.”
Earlier, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received by US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump. Both leaders exchanged pleasantries before moving inside the White House.
Inside the Oval Office, PM Modi said that he was grateful for the respect shown and the welcome given by the American people. He added that the US welcomed 1.2 billion people. President Trump praised PM Modi’s efforts in economic development.
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Delegation-level talks between India and US began with PM Modi reiterating his earlier statement and thanked the American delegation for welcoming them. President Trump added that the US arms industry was the best in the world and that “no one makes military equipment like the US.”
Prime Minister Modi and US President Donald Trump issued a joint statement on Monday. Both leaders emphasised the shared democracy between the two countries while also stating their joint commitment to combating global terrorism. Both leaders also focused on cooperation in trade and energy as well as cooperating on regional and international issues.
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