The most awaited meeting between America’s President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is finally happening at White Hose in America. At 1:10 am (IST) PM Modi reached at the White House, where Donald Trump along with the First lady Melania welcomed PM Modi. The meeting started exact at 1:20 am and it is said that the meeting will be almost 20 minutes long. After Donald Trump became President of America, it is the first meeting between them. After this meeting PM Modi will become the first Indian leader to have dinner at the Trump Administration at White House.
PM Modi and President Trump will stay together for long hours and will discuss many important topics. It will be intresting to see that what this meeting will bring for India. Both the leaders might talk about topics like counter-terrorism, role of India in Afganistan and H1B visa.
“I think I will have lots to say after the meeting,” said PM Modi after he was received by President Trump. He also added that, “the way President Trump and First lady welcomed me, this is a welcome of 1.25 billion people of India.”
After their meetings, Modi and Trump will make statements in the rose garden.
In a meeting President Trump while praising PM Modi, said that, “You have done a great job economically and you are doing well in so many ways, I would like to congratulate you.” He said that, ” Economically, India is doing very well; it is an honour to receive such a great PM.”
After the PM Modi and President Trump one to one meet, they also participated in delegation level talks between India and USA in a cabinet room at the white house. During delegation level talks President Trump thanked PM Modi for ordering military equipments from US.” This delegation level talks between India and US happened for around 1 hour.
The main highlights of PM Modi and Trump meet
Stern message to Pakistan
India and the US asked Pakistan to ensure its territory was not used for cross border terror strikes and to “expeditiously” bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.
President Trump and Prime Minister Modi also vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists. “Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us,” Modi told reporters in his joint address with Trump at the White House.
Trump said they were determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drove them. “We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism,” he said.
Lower trade barriers’
Trump said he was keen to work with Modi on creating a “fair and reciprocal” trade relationship between the two nations and called for the removal of barriers for the export of US goods into Indian markets. “It is important that that we reduce our trade deficit with your country,” he said.
The US was looking forward to increasing energy exports and major long- term contracts for the purchase of natural gas were being negotiated. “…and we will sign them. Trying to get the price up a little bit,” Trump said.
Thumbs-up for GST
Referring to the goods and services tax (GST), India’s new tax regime that kicks in from July Trump said it was “the largest tax overhaul in your country’s history.”“We’re doing that also, by the way. Creating great new opportunities for your citizens. You have a big vision for improving infrastructure, and you are fighting government corruption, which is always a grave threat to democracy,” he said.
India is the fastest growing economy in the world, Trump said, adding, “We hope we will be catching up you very soon.”
Joint naval exercise
The two militaries were working together to enhance cooperation. Talking about the next month’s Malabar exercise, Trump said the US and India would join the Japanese navy in the largest maritime wargame ever conducted in the Indian Ocean.
Afghanistan on agenda
Both leaders expressed concern over rising instability in Afghanistan and agreed to strengthen coordination for ensuring peace in the war-torn country.
Trump said he wanted to “thank the Indian people” for their contribution in helping development in Afghanistan.
Modi, in turn, said India “would maintain close consultation and communication with the US” to achieve the joint goal of peace and stability.
‘North Korea a threat’
Trump and Modi called North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programs a “grave threat” to global peace, the White House said in a statement.
“The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly,” Trump said. He thanked Modi for “joining us in applying new sanctions against Pyongyang”.
The two pledged to work together to counter North Korea’s “weapons of mass destruction” programme and vowed to hold “all parties” that support the programmes accountable, the statement said.
Describing both countries as “global engines of growth”, Modi said trade, commerce and investment were key areas of mutual co-operation. “Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas we are actively looking at,” he said.
The two leaders heaped praise on each other as they underlined the close ties between their countries. “During my campaign, I pledged that if elected, India would have a true friend in the White House. And that is now exactly what you have, a true friend,” Trump said at the White House’s Rose Garden.
“I am thrilled to salute you, Prime Minister Modi, and the Indian people for all that you are accomplishing together. Your accomplishments have been vast,” Trump said.
Modi said he deeply appreciated Trump’s strong commitment to the enhancement of bilateral relations and invited the US President and family to India. Trump said his daughter, Ivanka, would travel to India this fall for an entrepreneurship summit.
Before the meet between President Trump and PM Modi a great news has come up for India from American foreign ministry, the US designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist.
“Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior HM (Hizbul Mujahideen) leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people,” the US state department said.
US citizens are now prohibited from engaging in any transaction with Salahuddin, and all of the 71-year-old’s property and assets subject to the US jurisdiction will be blocked.
India welcomed the designation, saying it “vindicated” its long-standing position that cross-border terrorism perpetrated from outfits based in Pakistan was behind disturbances in Kashmir.
It also “underlines quite strongly the fact that both India and the United States face the same threat of terrorism”, ministry of external affairs spokesman Gopal Bagley told reporters.