Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Trump, Modi call on Pakistan to stem terrorist attacks

Melinda Barton | 28 June, 2017, 03:18

One of the glorious success stories of Narendra Modi's prime ministership in the three years that he has been in office has been the excellent rapport he has built up with the Indian diaspora in countries that he has visited, especially in the developed world, be it the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Germany. Much like Trump's own see-saw style of shaking hands, analysts said the Modi hug has become a signature move, and is meant to be physical.

Prior to Modi's visit, Trump has often spoken against the increasing United States trade deficit with India and China.

The United States also has offered to sell a naval variant of the Predator drone made by U.S. defense contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the White House said in a statement, a deal that would be worth more than $2 billion.

Prior to his speech, Trump acknowledged, "Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them".

While calling the Washington meeting a "good beginning", Mr Naresh Chandra, former Indian ambassador to the United States, voiced caution, saying it remained to be seen how the two countries will deal with contentious issues.

Trump treated Modi to dinner at the White House on Monday night and shared a laugh when he pointed to their social media dominance.

Trump built a Trump Tower property in Mumbai and spoke warmly of India during his presidential campaign past year.

The Congress on Tuesday criticised the India-US joint statement, terming it as "disappointing" that lacked "new or big ideas" in the relationship between the two countries.

India has pushed forward on its defense purchases, including unarmed Predator drones for which it had negotiated during the Obama administration.

"We also discussed worldwide issues and our common strategic interests in this country", the prime minister said.

"There's nobody makes military equipment like we make military equipment". In a concrete indication of that, the U.S. State Department approved the $365 million sale of a C-17 military transport aircraft.

He says the two countries "agree on most things" and jokes that "by the end of the day we'll agree on everything. I have a feeling". Trump said Modi also extended an invitation to India, and invited his daughter, Ivanka, to lead the USA delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit that will be held there this fall.

"As you know, the Prime Minister was too busy with the elections". Prime Minister Modi, thank you for being here with us today. "I believe this is one of the many ways to boost ties in the next 70 years and beyond", he said.

The two leaders, the joint statement said, resolved to pursue increased commercial engagement based on the principles of free and fair trade. We will be enhancing the military cooperation and next month, will join the Japan Navy to take part in the largest Maritime exercise in the vast Indian Ocean.

The two leaders seemed to be at ease with each other, setting at rest speculations how Modi would fare with a leader who has been termed maverick, hard with a risky crushing handshake followed by two yanks that have shaken the frame of several world leaders visiting the White House.