Trump and Modi hold first talks at White House

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Warm welcome from Trump and First Lady Melania came after PM Modi met a slew of top officials in the Trump government, including defence secretary James Mattis, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

PM Modi presented Trump a folio containing an original commemorative postal stamp. If Modi said that he remembered how Trump had spoken favourably of him even before he became the PM of India, Trump reciprocated by saying that Modi is handling India well. "I am sure that under your leadership a mutually beneficial strategic partnership will gain new strength, new positivity, and will reach new heights". President Donald Trump found out today that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a hugger.

Expect in the next many years the Indo-US LNG trade will be in excess of Dollars 40 billion, he said. "There was no big idea in the relationship", Tewari said.

"It is important that barriers be removed to the export of United States goods into your markets, and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country", he stated.

"And hope that you will give me the opportunity to welcome you and host you in India", Modi said. "Trying to get the price up a little bit".

President Trump accepted an invitation from Mr Modi to visit India.

The president on Monday did not specifically mention the drones or the cargo planes, but in a delegation meeting in the White House Cabinet Room Trump expressed appreciation for India ordering American defense equipment, the report said.

President Donald Trump is congratulating India's prime minister for leading his country toward economic prosperity.

Applauding the entrepreneurship and innovation of Indians and Indian-Americans that have directly benefitted both nations, President Trump welcomed India's formal entry into the International Expedited Traveler Initiative (Global Entry program) in order to facilitate closer business and educational ties between the citizens of India and the United States.

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"The relationship between India has never been better and stronger", Trump added.

We consider the U.S. as our primary partner for India's social and economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes.

Meanwhile, Indian officials reject suggestions that Modi's "Make in India" platform is protectionist and complain about the US regulatory process for generic pharmaceuticals and rules on fruit exports to the United States. Trump repeatedly thanked Modi for visiting the USA and the White House, saying he enjoyed their "very productive conversation". But on Trump's favorite social-media platform, Twitter users on both sides of the world were quick to suggest that their own leader was more averse to public scrutiny and transparency. "We have a very, very good bond, very, very good chemistry". "The only way is up". He added that they "agree on most things".

Modi will also want to learn about the administration strategy to stabilize Afghanistan, where India has committed $3 billion in aid since 2001.

He would also be meeting with CEOs of major Dutch companies and encourage them to join the Indian growth story. The deal, estimated to be worth about $2 billion, is still subject to congressional approval.

"The market is growing 20-25 percent a year".

"You have done a great job economically and you are doing well in so many ways".

The stamp honoured the memory of a great American President & symbolized closeness of the ideals for which Lincoln stood and which drove Mahatama Gandhi.

There were clear signs of division, though: There was no mention of climate change, an issue of extreme concern in India, where numerous country's 1.3 billion people are poor and vulnerable to extreme heat, drought and storm surges.

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