Trump welcomes Indian PM Modi; investment & trade on the agenda

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 27, 2017

Modi-Trump meet: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump yesterday.

On his part, President Trump showed PM Modi a copy of Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address and the desk on which he wrote it. Modi, meanwhile, said that his vision of a New India and Trump's slogan promising to Make America Great Again had "great synergies".

Their White House session promises less pomp than Modi's previous visits to Washington, which included former President Barack Obama taking him to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in 2014.

Trump's good mood lasted throughout the evening with Modi in the almost 5 hour interaction which packed in their summit meeting, delegation level talks, cocktails and dinner.

Leaders and celebrities should be prepared for Modi's embrace by now, but they often aren't - sometimes almost getting knocked off balance.

In the statements that were read out, both leaders lauded the progress in building ties between the countries and listed out a number of areas in which both could expect to move forward.

Market access issues, intellectual property rights protection issues in India, pending issues in defence ties, and the Modi government's crackdown on American NGOs in India could be potential irritants.

Vaishnav says Modi's priorities include making progress on proposed new USA visa restrictions that could affect the status of India's skilled workers - and correct the record on climate change.

Trump, an official said, has visited India once, has two developments in the country and said during the campaign that if he were elected President: "India would find a true friend in the White House".

While Trump's relations with some traditional allies had a rocky start, he and Modi appeared to strike up an immediate rapport in their first meeting, exchanging hugs in the White House Rose Garden in front of reporters.

This will be a "no frills" visit, officials in New Delhi say, according to the Financial Times Defense is likely top of the agenda, with a couple of recent deals possibly hinting at greater cooperation between the two nations. They will then have a working dinner, the first time Trump has played host to a foreign dignitary at a White House dinner. "This is an honour for the 1.25 billion people of India", Modi told the media ahead of the meeting.

"We consider the United States as our primary partner in India's socio-economic transformation in all of our flagship programs and schemes", said Modi.

"We're doing that also, by the way".

India was assured of the stability of the strategic alliance with the US, received help in fighting terrorism, and received the US President's recognition of the positive momentum of its economy, Ms Biswal noted.

"I think it's going to be a very robust discussion".

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. Trump's @realdonaldtrump Twitter handle has 32.8 million followers, while Modi's Twitter game draws more than 31 million.

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