The Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “vision for a new India” will also generate jobs in the United States, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. It will be a first visit to the US for PM Modi after President Trump took over the administration. The White House said that Modi will meet Trump on June 26 to “set forth a common vision” to make bigger the US-India partnership.
On June 26, the leaders of the world’s two biggest democracies, home to 1.6 billion people, will discuss on a range of bilateral issues including terrorism and India’s distress over probable changes in H1B visa rules as well. The White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily conference that “US energy and technologies, including natural gas, are helping to build Prime Minister Modi’s vision for a new India and creating thousands of US jobs in the process”. In spite of the recent interruptions over the issue, Spicer said that US-India trade has grown six-fold since 2000, from 19 billion to USD 115 billion in 2016, adding that the Indian economy is growing at more than 7 percent. Spicer also said that the two leaders were expected to set forth a “common vision” on enlarging the US-India partnership. He focused on fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms and widening security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region as common priorities.
“I think you can expect the two of them to set forth a vision that will expand the US-India partnership in an ambitious and worthy way of both countries’ people,” said the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to the reporters at his daily news conference. “The President looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the United States and India and to advance our common priorities: fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,” Spicer announced on Monday. He added, “President Trump and Prime Minister Modi will look to outline a common vision for the United States-India partnership that is worthy of their 1.6 billion citizens.” The US President invited PM Modi to Washington after Modi rang him in January to congratulate the new President on his inauguration.
While responding to a question, Spicer said, “The president and the prime minister have had a number of positive phone conversations, and expect to further that discussion … whether it’s economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism, expanding our cooperation as major defense partners.” It is expected that the bilateral talks between India and US are not going to be milk and honey as they will meet in the thick of prickly issues like US plans to decrease the number of H-18 visa slots that are mostly used by Indian IT workers, and the recent controversial withdrawal from the historic climate agreement. On the other hand, the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi said that the meeting would give a new direction for rooted bilateral agreements “on issues of mutual interest and consolidation of multi-dimensional strategic partnership”. PM Modi’s US visit would begin on June 25, the Ministry said.
In the last week annual press meet, the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that Modi would raise the issues neighboring the US’ plans to lessen the number of H-1B visa slots that are commonly used by Indian IT Workers. According to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data, approximately 1.8 million H-1B visas have been distributed in fiscal years 2001 through 2015. Talking about the largest share from fiscal years 2001 to 2015, the workers from India had received the biggest share (50.5 percent) of all H-1B visas for the first-time employment. PM Modi’s US visit would begin on June 25 especially, comes into the environment of Trump’s announcement to withdraw the US from the historic Paris Climate Accord signed by over 190 countries. While announcing the decision of withdrawal from the historic Paris Climate Agreement for which he received a global criticism, Trump had blamed China and India for the US withdrawal.
Trump had said, “India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions of dollars from developed countries.” Solidly rejecting Trump’s argument, India had cleared that it had signed the Paris deal not under pressure or the lure of money but due to its commitment to protect the environment. During PM Modi’s visit to France this month, he even said that India would “go above and beyond” the Paris climate deal to protect climate for the upcoming generations. Adding to this, Modi and Trump are expected to discuss defense ties as well.