India, US vow to strengthen economic ties, resolve differences

Cheryl Sanders
June 27, 2017

Trump has 32.8 million followers on Twitter and Modi seconds him with over 31 million followers. We're believers. Giving the citizens of our countries the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials and for us to hear directly from them. He added, "I am sure that the convergence between my vision for a "new India" and President Trump's vision for "making America great again" will add new dimensions to our cooperation". While addressing the joint statement, PM Modi said that India and US are global engines of growth.

The talks at the White House were the first time the two leaders had met face to face.

The White House said the USA and India, both signatories to the World Trade Organisation's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) are working together to implement the TFA's provisions and help lower the cost of trade for both the countries.

"Working together, I truly believe our two countries can set an example for many other nations, make great strides in defeating common threats, and make great progress in unleashing incredible prosperity and growth", Trump said.

"I am very clear about the fact that India's interests lie in a strong, and prosperous, and successful America".

The White House did not provide a detailed account of the meeting, however, the statement did make several references to Pakistan, notably a call for the country to "ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries", and to "bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot, and other cross-border terrorist attacks".

The statement also announced increased cooperation to "prevent terrorist travel and to disrupt global recruitment efforts by expanding intelligence-sharing and operational-level counterterrorism cooperation".

"We're also looking forward to exporting more American energy to India as your economy grows, including major long- term contracts to purchase American natural gas, which are right now being negotiated, and we will sign them". "In order to attain our objectives for peace and stability in Afghanistan, we will maintain close consultation and communication with the United States to enhance coordination between our two nations".

The leaders also resolved to work together to counter North Korea's weapons of mass destruction.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday left for Netherlands, the final leg of his three-nation tour, after concluding his visit to the US. Prior to the ban, India had been North Korea's second largest trading partner after China.

Unlike the feverish anticipation over past meetings between Modi and former President Barack Obama, expectations for Modi's relationship had been lukewarm. "He concluded his speech inviting President Trump and the First Lady to visit India".

The Indian prime minister also came seeking to persuade Trump to continue the H-1B visa program that provides a crucial pathway for information-technology companies to send skilled workers from India to the well as access to sophisticated military equipment.

"As you know, the Prime Minister was too busy with the elections", he said.

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