Washington DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of United States of America (USA), Donald Trump, at the Joint Press Statement, at White House, in Washington DC, USA on Tuesday.PTI Photo /pib (PTI6_27_2017_000032B)

TRUMP MODI ASK PAKISTAN TO STEM TERROR ATTACKS

TRUMP MODI ASK PAKISTAN TO STEM TERROR ATTACKS

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraced each other as friends and partners Monday, vowing to work more closely on combating terrorism, the war on Afghanistan and defence cooperation. Trump Modi

Washington DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of United States of America (USA), Donald Trump, at the Joint Press Statement, at White House, in Washington DC, USA on Tuesday.PTI Photo /pib (PTI6_27_2017_000032B)
Washington DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of United States of America (USA), Donald Trump, at the Joint Press Statement, at White House, in Washington DC, USA on Tuesday.PTI Photo /pib (PTI6_27_2017_000032B)
 The two leaders called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries, a statement from the White House said.
Trump Modi also “called on all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law,” the statement said.
Addressing a small audience at the White House following a bilateral meeting with senior members of their administrations, Trump said both the US and India have been affected by the “evils of terrorism” and the “radical ideology that drives them.”
While Trump’s relations with some traditional allies had a rocky start, he and Modi appeared to strike up an immediate rapport in their first meeting, exchanging hugs in the White House Rose Garden in front of reporters.
While there were no major announcements, Trump’s administration confirmed it had given the green light to the $366 million sale of a transport carrier to India, along with a separate purchase of around 20 drones.
The United States has become the leading supplier of defense equipment to India, signing contracts worth more than $15 billion since 2008.
Trump Modi pledged their quest for economic growth would strengthen rather than undermine ties between the world’s two largest democracies. I would say the relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, has never been better,” Trump told a beaming Modi as they made statements.
“I look forward to working with you, Mr prime minister, to create jobs in our countries, to grow our economies and to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal.”
After Trump said it was “important that barriers be removed to the export of US goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country,” Modi said India was becoming an easier place for American companies to do business.
“We consider the United States as our primary partner in India’s socio-economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes,” he added.
“I’m sure that convergence between my vision for a new India and President Trump’s vision for ‘Making America Great Again’ will add a new dimension to our cooperation,” added Modi, in reference to Trump’s signature campaign slogan.
Any differences over issues such as immigration and climate change were kept behind closed doors.
Commentators had predicted that Trump and Modi would find much in common, with both men having won power by portraying themselves as establishment outsiders.

Both men are prolific users of social media, something Trump joked about with his guest.

“We’re believers, giving the people… the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials and for us to hear directly from them,” said Trump.

Modi in turn made Trump smile by hailing the property tycoon’s reputation as dealmaker.

“I’m sure that… your vast and successful experience in the business world will lend an aggressive and bold agenda to our relations.”
Their warm words extended into the evening, when Modi became the first foreign leader to enjoy a White House dinner since Trump came to power.
“We enjoy a wonderful relationship, but it’s never been better than it is today,” Trump told Modi at the dinner.– Agencies

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