Modi-Trump meet was a success: Key takeaways


"On behalf of Houston, the energy capital of the world and home of the world's largest medical center, the IACCGH and the strong Indian American community hope to welcome Prime Minister Modi to Houston in the not too distant future, Ahluwalia said".

WASHINGTON (AP) - Slightly more Europeans now view the United States unfavorably than favorably under President Donald Trump. "So, it goes to show as to where Trump's priority lie", he said.

But Trump also played to his political base and the nationalist camp in the White House.

This was the only note of dissonance in the love fest that unfolded Monday in the White House.

"On defence cooperation, there was a sense that combination of convergence and regular exchanges on policy, the fact that today we are major partners in exercises with each other, all these underline the fact that India and the USA recognise each other key defence partners", Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told reporters at a news conference. Moreover, Spice Jet too has announced that it would buy new fleet of planes from Boeing, and Trump might have hinted at that as well.

In another strong reference to Pakistan, Jaishankar said there was an extensive discussion between the two leaders on terrorism, "what its epicenter is" and how it is affecting the region, particularly the South Asian region where India is located.

Defeating terrorism, where a near complete convergence of views was expected, was a key point for bonding. Trump and Modi are scheduled to give joint statements at 5:15 pm EST.

Modi-Trump meet was a success: Key takeaways
Modi-Trump meet was a success: Key takeaways

Modi termed his talks with Trump, the first between the two leaders, an "important page in the history of India-US relationship". Modernizing India's defenses will strengthen both countries, she said.

While ties with some allies have been strained by Trump's complaints that Washington has been the loser in trade agreements, Modi appears sensitive to his host's emphasis on transactional diplomacy. One, that the Trump administration is willing to address India's concerns on Pakistan and terror. "I am sure that under your leadership a mutually beneficial strategic partnership will gain new strength, new positively, and will reach new heights". "India's development and its increasing role on the world stage is good for America". In turn, the PM invited the Trump family to India, which they eagerly accepted, though no date has been fixed yet.

Modi skilfully intertwined stories of LPG cylinders replacing chulhas, farmers having easy access to urea fertilisers, and India's achievements in the outer space, garnished with his takes on surgical strikes (against Pakistan), terrorism, the Opposition, social media and even External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

"We are really seeking to roll out the red carpet", said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "That's something I will always remember through my life", said Modi in Hindi.

"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". While India is not going to be acquiring advanced systems like the Joint Strike Fighter anytime soon, the administration should be facilitating India's acquisition of other US defense hardware - for example, unmanned aerial vehicles - and looking for ways to cooperate in areas such as shipbuilding. "I congratulate him on this".

Trump and Modi also "called on all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with global law", the statement said.

The White House, in a fact sheet, said Indian-Americans have embraced innovation and entrepreneurship, sitting at the forefront of Silicon Valley's technology revolution, and founding an estimated 15 per cent of Silicon Valley startups.

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