India, US vow to strengthen economic ties, resolve differences


"I would like to invite you and your family", the Indian prime minister said. "That Trump did not go off tangent is the big relief" is the consensus on the Indian side. "We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism", he said.

Describing India and the U.S. as partners of possibilities, Modi also invited Trump and his family to India.

Modi in his statement had earlier said that India might not focus on signing major deals during this meet but will concentrate on building chemistry and friendly relations with US.

During the hour-long interaction, which took place at the Willard Hotel where Modi is staying, the prime minister also listened requests from the CEOs.

It's in this context that the decision by Modi and Trump to not allow journalists to ask questions on Monday assumes significance. For Trump, India's role as a potential buyer of American military equipment, aircraft and U.S. produced LNG fit snugly into his America first battle cry.

Trump referred to the SpiceJet's expansion plans announced in January this year, saying he was pleased about the recent order of 100 new American planes.

Speaking in the Rose Garden after their talks, Trump said: "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. Your accomplishments have been vast", Trump said. He lavished praise on Modi and India, he addressed the thorny issues with minimum fuss. "When you value something it is obvious that you will take care of what you value", Mr Jaishankar said.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Sunday highlighted the economic impact the company is having on India in a meeting with its prime minister as the iPhone maker seeks deeper access to the world's third-largest smartphone market behind the United States and China. "It is important that that we reduce our trade deficit with your country", he said.

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"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.

Prime Minister Modi, while thanking Trump for the warm welcome rendered to him, said the kind of welcome he was given, it was a welcome to the 125 crore people of India.

Some did come away feeling that Modi's speech in Hindi was at times "laboured" and "nervy" in comparison with the breezy Trump pitch.

The move means the United States now considers Salahuddin, also known as Mohammad Yusuf Shah, a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist", the State Department said in a statement.

The seven DTTI Joint Working Groups continue to discuss a range of technologies and platforms for potential co- development, including India's participation in the Future Vertical Lift program, it added.

But Modi left Trump in no doubt that the India-USA relationship is not Plan B.

"This summer, India will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its independence, and on behalf of the United States, I want to congratulate the Indian people on this magnificent milestone in the life of your very, very incredible nation", he said.

India is now the world's fastest growing major economy, a status that Modi is hoping to cement by drawing in more foreign investment - in part by encouraging manufacturers to do business in Asia's third-largest economy.