Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

PM Modi greets Indian community outside his hotel

PM Modi greets Indian community outside his hotel

Pakistan, especially, has been singled out for admonition with the joint statement calling on Pakistan "to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries" and also to "expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators" of terror attacks on Mumbai, Pathankot and others, putting the onus on cessation of terrorism squarely on the shoulders of Pakistan.

"I'm proud to announce to the media, to the American people and to the Indian people that Prime Minister Modi and I are world leaders in social media", Trump said in his remarks at the White House Rose Garden, following his first bilateral meeting with Modi.

"I would say the relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, has never been better", Trump told Modi as they made press statements.

The two leaders have discussed global issues include counter-terrorism, climate change, India's NSG membership among others. "Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation", he added.

"Expressing concern about the serious and grave threat posed by the spread of terrorism and violent extremism to both countries and the world, the Prime Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to combat terrorism and prevent radicalisation that could lead to violent extremism and reiterated the need for a unified and collective effort by the worldwide community to eliminate terrorism through a holistic approach", a joint communique stated.

Finally, on security partnership, he shared India's views on terrorism and vowed to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them. President Trump's interpretation of Islamic terror is very different from the interpretation that we have of cross-border terrorism which is being sponsored by Pakistan. "In coming years, Indian companies will import energy in excess of $40 billion from the U.S., and more than 200 American-made aircraft will join the private Indian aviation fleet". Referring to the GST reform to be implemented across India starting next month, Trump said it was "the largest tax overhaul in your country's history".

He said that relations between India and the Netherlands are century old and the two countries will keep on moving towards stronger ties.

"The Netherlands is a key partner to help India achieve its goals", he said. "I was pleased to learn about an Indian Airlines recent order of 100 new American planes, one of the largest order of it is kind, which will support thousands and thousands of American jobs", Trump said.

"The relationship between the United States and India is very, very strong and very, very powerful", Trump said.

"India and the USA have played a crucial role in the redevelopment of Afghanistan and its security. Trying to get the price up a little bit".

The two leaders also resolved to pursue increased commercial engagement in a manner that advances the principles of free and fair trade, the statement said.

Modi came to Washington looking to revitalise a relationship that thrived under former President Barack Obama but has appeared to flag as Trump courted India's rival China in an effort to persuade Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea. Creating great new opportunities for your citizens. I have heard so much and I have been reading so much about you. This could not be good news to either Pakistan or the separatist elements in Kashmir.

He said in his speech that Government of Netherlands has an embassy, they have officers but still, you guys are ambassadors.

"We will also enhance our intelligence sharing and information exchanges to expand our policy coordination as far as possible", Modi added.

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