Narendra Modi and Trump pledge to destroy 'radical Islamic terrorism'

Cheryl Sanders
June 28, 2017

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for the first time on Monday, seeking to develop a warm relationship despite differences over trade, immigration and the Paris climate accord.

The statement also pointed to other regional security concerns, with both leaders emphasizing the importance of Indian-US relations in helping to stabilize Afghanistan.

In his post-summit remarks, Trump referred to ongoing negotiations on long-term contracts to purchase USA natural gas, telling Modi: "It is important that barriers be removed to the export of USA goods into your markets, and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country".

During public remarks, per Business Insider, President Trump said of Modi, "I enjoyed our very productive conversation this afternoon, and look forward to its continuation tonight at dinner". And in this regard, in the technology, innovation, and knowledge-economy sectors, the expansion and deepening of cooperation is also among our priorities.

"India's benefit lies in a strong and successful America and similarly America's benefits lies in a developed and internationally strong India", Modi said while jointly addressing the media with Trump following delegation-level talks between the two sides.

"Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them", Trump said.

Trade, however, remains an irritant, and on Saturday, leading United States congressmen complained in a letter to Trump that high-level engagement had failed to eliminate major barriers to United States imports and investment and had not deterred India from imposing new ones. "Our trade and economic ties are increasing".

Trump said it was an honour to have invited and hosted Prime Minister Modi at the White House.

Mr Trump said he would like a trading relationship that is "fair and reciprocal". President Trump speaks: "I have great admiration for India's culture and heritage. And we have had tremendous meetings today, tremendous success, and we enjoy a wonderful relationship, but it's never been better than it is today", he said.

During his maiden face-to-face meeting with Trump, Modi gifted a folio containing the 1965 dated original commemorative postal stamp, issued to mark the death centenary of Abraham Lincoln.

Prime Minister Modi added, "The U.S., being the oldest democracy of the world, and India, being the largest democracy, will come together to change the world and bring peace".

Modi said there was no reason for the USA and India to be rivals, stressing that both he and Trump shared a joint desire to increase productivity, growth and job creation.

Exporting energy and natural gas to India: President Trump: Looking forward to exporting more USA energy to India as your economy grows, including a major long-term contract to purchase natural gas.

After the United States declared Syed Salahuddin, the chief of Kashmiri militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, as a "global terrorist", former foreign secretary Salman Haider on Tuesday termed it as the "big outcome" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country. His daughter and close aide Ivanka also accepted an invitation to lead the United States delegation to a Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India.

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