Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the joint press statement with the US President said, “We consider USA a valued partner in our flagship programmes.” The PM remarked that trade, commerce and investment, technology, innovation and knowledge economy were key areas of India-US cooperation.
U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to do more to relax Indian trade barriers during talks in which both leaders took great pains to stress the importance of a strong U.S.-Indian relationship.
“India has a true friend in the White House,” President Donald Trump said. Praising PM Modi’s efforts, Trump said, “India is the fastest growing economy in the world. We hope we will be catching up you very soon.”
“PM Modi and I are word leaders on social media, we are believers we hear directly from the elected members,” said President Trump.
Donald Trump applauded India’s reformative Goods and Services Tax (GST), saying, “India is the fastest growing economy. We are going to catch up very soon. In 2-3 days India will carry out its biggest ever tax overhaul, we too are going to do that soon.”
Speaking about terrorism, “Both countries are affected by terror, and we resolve that we will destroy radical Islamic terror,” President Trump said.
Trump made clear that he sees a need for more balance in the U.S.-India trade relationship in keeping with his campaign promise to expand American exports and create more jobs at home. Last year the U.S. trade deficit with India neared $31 billion.
“It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country,” he said.
Trump said he was pleased about an Indian airline’s recent order of 100 new American planes and that the United States looked forward to exporting more energy, including major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas.
These energy contracts “are being negotiated and we will sign – trying to get the price up a little bit,” Trump said.
Talking about Afghanistan and North Korea, Trump said, “Want to thank Indians for their contributions in Afghanistan and joining us in applying new sanctions against the North Korean regime, that is causing tremendous problems. Problems caused by North Korean regime need to be dealt with rapidly.”
Speaking after Mr. Trump, in Hindi, Mr. Modi said: “…we discussed the serious challenges of terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation, which are the major challenges facing the world today.
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“I deeply appreciate your strong commitment to the enhancement of our bilateral relations,” Modi told him. “I am sure that under your leadership a mutually beneficial strategic partnership will gain new strength, new positively, and will reach new heights.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began the media address talking about job creation. “Growth, job creation, breakthrough technology will be drivers of partnership between US and India,” PM Modi said.
“Today we discussed terrorism, extremism, radicalism. This is big area of our future cooperation; Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us,” PM Modi said.
“India is committed to peace in Afghanistan, rebuilding that country is our top priority. Increasing instability in Afghanistan is a cause of concern for us. We are having close consultation, communication and coordination with the US in this regard,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi said that the United States is ‘primary partner’ for India’s transformation. On security challenges, “Our growing security and defense co-operation is very important,” he said.
Prime Minister Modi invited Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump to lead US delegation to the global entrepreneurship in India. Donald Trump said Ivanka has accepted the invite.
“I am sure that the convergence of my vision for “New India” and President Trump’s vision for making America great again will add new dimensions to our cooperation,” he said.
Mr. Modi and Mr. Trump indicated that the change in administration in the U.S would not impact the upward trajectory of ties between the two countries. “The friendship between the United States and India is built on shared values, including our shared commitment to democracy,” the President said, pointing out that both American and the Indian constitutions “begin with the same three very beautiful words: We the people.”
“The future of our partnership has never looked brighter,” Trump said as both leaders underscored the importance of the defence and security relationship.
Mr. Trump said he always had a deep admiration for India and its people, and a “profound appreciation for your rich culture, heritage and traditions.”