Modi, Trump Slam Pakistan Over Failure To Curb Terrorism
Ahead of his much-hyped dinner with Trump, Modi met with the top CEOs in the US and addressed the Indian diaspora.
- PM Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump held delegation level talks at White House on Monday
- Fighting terrorism top-priority, said both leaders in joint statements
- Both the leaders called on Pakistan to stem terrorist attacks
- Trump said both Modi and him are “leaders in social media”
- He accepted Modi’s invitation to visit India
- On Sunday, Modi met with top CEOs in the US, encouraging FDI
- Modi also addressed the Indian diaspora, where he remarked that his government was free of corruption
- He has left for Netherlands and will hold talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte
Trump Praises GST
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised the Modi government's Goods and Services Tax (GST) initiative, saying the largest tax overhaul in India's history will create “great new opportunities” for the Indian people.
“In just two weeks, you will begin to implement the largest tax overhaul in your country's history – we're doing that also, by the way – creating great new opportunities for your citizens,” Trump said in his joint press statement at the White House here after holding talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Touted as the biggest taxation reform since Independence, GST will unify 16 different taxes including excise, service tax and VAT, and transform India into a single market for seamless movement of goods and services.
India and US to Cooperate Against JeM, LeT; Ask Pak to Rein in Terror Groups
India and the US vowed to strengthen cooperation against terror outfits like Jaish-e- Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and D-Company, while urging Pakistan to ensure that its soil is not used for terror strikes against other nations.
Briefing reporters on the meeting, Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar said counter-terrorism was a major issue that was discussed between Trump and Modi during the day.
On the reference to Pakistan, he said the joint statement could not have been more explicit on the issue of cross border-terrorism being perpetrated by terror groups from the neighbouring country's soil.
India, US Call on Pak to Stop Terror Attacks From Its Soil
Sending out a strong message to Pakistan, India and the US on Monday urged the country to ensure that its territory is not used to launch cross-border terror strikes and to “expeditiously” bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.
Prime Minister Modi and US President Trump also vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists.
Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us... We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this.Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation.Prime Minister Modi
Trump said both nations are “determined” to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them.
The security partnership between the US and India is incredibly important. Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism.US President Donald Trump
Trump Accepts Modi's Offer to Visit India
President Donald Trump has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi invitation to visit India.
Modi, standing along side Trump at the White House’s Rose Garden, on Monday had extended a warm invitation to him and his family.
I would like to invite you to India, along with your family. And I hope that you will give me the opportunity to welcome you and host you in India.Prime Minister Modi
Modi also specially invited Trump’s daughter Ivanka to lead the US delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India later this year.
“…And I believe she has accepted,” Trump said.
Ivanka later tweeted thanking the Prime Minsiter.
Trump Gives Modi a Tour of White House
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a guided tour of the President’s residence quarters including the Lincoln bedroom, tweeted PMO.
PM Modi was also shown a copy of President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address and the desk on which he wrote it by Trump.
PM Modi Presents Trump with Original Stamp, Wooden Chest
Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented US President Donald Trump a folio containing an original commemorative postal stamp of Abraham Lincoln that had been issued by India in 1965.
He also presented Trump a wooden chest with intricate inlay pattern that is a specialty of Hoshiarpur in Punjab.
The First Lady Melania Trump was presented with a hamper containing a traditional, handcrafted Himachali silver bracelet, tea and honey from Kangra valley. She was also gifted with hand-woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh.
White House Hosts Gala Dinner For PM Modi
US President Donald Trump hosted a gala dinner for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under the Trump administration
India, US Global Engines of Growth: Modi
Issuing a joint statements along with US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the top-most priority for both the countries was to eliminate terrorism. He also thanked Trump for his “kind words” about India.
Modi said that both India and the US were global engines of growth and that the bilateral talks between both the countries was important for cooperation between both the countries.
We discussed challenges arising out of terrorism, extremist and radicalisation. Fighting terrorists and destroying their safe havens will be our aim.Prime Minister Modi
The Prime Minister asserted that key areas trade, commerce and investment were touched upon and informed that both the countries have agreed to work on boosting maritime trade.
India is committed to peace in Afghanistan, rebuilding that country is our top priority.Prime Minister Modi
India, US Tied in Friendship, Respect: Trump
Issuing a joint statement, US president Donald Trump said it was a great honour to welcome “the leader of the world’s largest democracy”.
He added that India and the United States will always be tied together in friendship and respect. Trump stressed on how both the countries were affected by terrorism and hopes to destroy “radical Islamic” terrorism.
I have always had a deep admiration for India and Indian people, the rich culture and traditions... India has the fastest growing economy, and the U.S. hopes to catch up soon.US President Donald Trump
Trump also said that both Modi and him are world “leaders in social meida” who “understand the importance” of interacting directly with the people of the country.
Relationship between India and US has never been stronger and better .US President Donald Trump
While Trump said he was looking forward to exporting more US energy to India, he added that he was pleased to hear about Indian airline's recent order of 100 new American planes, which are likely to support thousands of American jobs.
We Agree on Most Things: Trump to Modi
US President Donald Trump reportedly told Indian Prime Minister that they agree on most things and that they’ll “agree on everything”, by the end of the day.
Delegation Level Talks Begin
The delegation level talks between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump began in the cabinet room in the white house. During the meeting, he thanked India for ordering military equipment from US.
US President Donald Trump Lauds PM Modi's Work
US President Donald Trump congratulated PM Narendra Modi for doing a “great job economically”.
It’s a great honour to have PM Modi here who has been such a great Prime Minister. You have done a great job economically and you are doing well in so many ways. I would like to congratulate you.US President Donald Trump
PM Modi Thanks Trump for Warm Welcome
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for the warm welcome.
PM Modi Arrives at White House
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by the US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump on arriving at the White House. Both the leaders are scheduled to hold a meeting, which is expected to last 20 minutes.
PM Modi Meets Rex Tillerson
Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to set the ground for meeting between US President Donald Trump and the Indian PM.
Modi Meets US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Washington DC on Monday.
Discussions between Modi and Mattis focussed on the Asia Pacific region, with a veiled reference to the South China Sea over which China is laying an absolute claim.
There is inherent tension between ‘America First’ and ‘Make in India’. Trump wants to keep jobs in US, Modi wants American, western companies to go India. There is still scope for cooperation and the India-US relationship is invested with so much goodwill.Michael Kugelman, South Asia Senior Associate Wilson Center
Trump Calls PM Modi "True Friend"
US President Donald Trump said that “strategic issues” would be on the table when he holds talks with his “true friend” Narendra Modi.
PM Modi Lauds Sushma Swaraj's Work
Addressing the Indian diaspora in Washington DC, Narendra Modi praised External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for setting an example of “good governance”.
'No Corruption Stain on My Govt'
Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that there was “no stain of corruption” on his government, adding that the previous governments were defeated because of corruption. He further said that technology was being used by his government to improve transparency and fight corruption.
Governments in India have been ousted due to corruption. In last three years, no one has been able to put any such charge on us.Narendra Modi
He said that India is being transformed into “aadhunik Bharat”.
"No Country Questioned India's Surgical Strikes Against Pak"
Elaborating on the surgical strikes, Narendra Modi said no country questioned India’s move against terrorist launchpads in Pakistan, and that India practices restrain, but shows power when needed. He added:
India has succeeded in telling the world about the need to uproot the menace of terrorism. Terrorists have themselves explained to the world the meaning of terrorism. The entire world could have raised many questions and pointed fingers at us for the surgical strikes. But not a single country questioned India’s surgical strikes against the terrorist launchpads in Pakistan (last year). Those who suffered (Pakistan) because of this, is a different thing.
"You Fill Me With New Energy"
Narendra Modi, addressing the Indian diaspora in the US at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington DC, said that he saw immense energy in the Indian community based in America.
When I meet you, I experience the kind of joy one feels while meeting his/her family. You fill me with new energy.Narendra Modi
He added that in the programme itself, he saw both a mini-India and a mini-US.
Every Indian wants to contribute to the growth of the nation. India is progressing at a record pace today.
Praising the Indian diaspora in US, the Prime Minister said they want India to scale newer heights and rejoice every time there is a good news from the country. He “assured” the audience that he is working towards achieving the India of “everyone’s dreams”.
Everyone Excited to Invest More in India: Pichai
Following his meeting with PM Modi, along with other US CEOs, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that everyone was excited to invest more in India.
I think everyone is excited to invest more in India, and I am excited as to what we all can do together.Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson described the meeting with Modi as “productive”, and appreciated the opportunity to improve bilateral relations between the two countries.
Opportunity to highlight partnership with Tata to offer F16 to meet India’s multi-role fighter jet mission.Marillyn Hewson, CEO, Lockheed Martin
Modi Reaches the US
Narendra Modi arrived in the US from Portugal on the second leg of his three-nation tour.
White House to 'Roll out the Red Carpet' for Modi
Modi will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on 26 June in Washington and the latter will host him for a working dinner at the White House on Monday, the first of its kind under the administration.
The White House is very interested in making this a special visit. We’re really seeking to roll out the red carpet. In fact, the two (leaders) will have dinner, a working dinner at the White House. This will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration. So, we think that’s very significant.White House Official
Modi arrives in the US Capitol on Saturday on a three-day visit during which he would have a meeting with Trump at the White House.
Modi, in a Facebook post, called India’s partnership with the US “multi-layered and diverse” which is supported by both the governments as well as the stakeholders on both sides.
Modi will visit Portugal on Saturday and hold talks with Antonio Costa, the Portuguese PM of Indian origin on Saturday, before heading to the US.
On his way back, Modi is expected to be on a whirlwind tour to the Netherlands on 27 June. There he will hold talks with Prime Minister Mark Rutte in the Hague, besides calling on King Willem Alexander.
(With inputs from PTI, IANS and ANI.)
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