Published: Tue, June 27, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Trump, Modi exchange hugs during Rose Garden statements

Trump, Modi exchange hugs during Rose Garden statements

When it comes to terrorism, Michael Kugelman, a South Asia expert at the Wilson Center, said the two leaders have a similar worldview - that "it needs to be destroyed wherever it rears its murderous head".

President Trump and Prime Minister Modi also vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists.

"This is a visit of enormous importance, which will lead to cementing ties with a valued friend", Modi tweeted after arriving in the Netherlands' capital following a hectic U.S. visit.

The Trump administration says it want to provide India with improved defense technology. "We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism", he said.

"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 - (laughter) - 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".

"Thank you for ordering equipment from the U.S. No one makes military equipment like the U.S.", he said.

However, the H-1B issue specifically did not figure in the talks with Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar telling reporters that there was a lot of discussion with business leaders and the two leaders about the digital partnership when asked about whether H-1B visa issue figured in the talks. Further the two leaders also called on Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11, Pathankot and other cross border terror attacks.

Syed Salahuddin (C), leader of the United Jihad Council, refers to the crackdown by Indian security forces in the disputed Kashmir region as a "genocide".

Stressing that both the U.S. and India are deeply affected by terrorism, Trump, in a joint conference, said that there must be focus on destroying radical Islamic terrorism. "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".

The US was looking forward to increasing energy exports and major long- term contracts for the purchase of natural gas were being negotiated. "If they click, we go up higher". "We will be enhancing the military cooperation and next month, will join the Japan Navy to take part in the largest Maritime exercise in the vast Indian Ocean", Trump said. Throughout his speech, comparison was a recurring element - he spoke of the India that, according to him, NRIs would have known earlier versus the changed India over the past three years.

$366 million sale of a transport carrier to India was sanctioned by U.S. and the purchase of around 20 drones by India's military was also approved. Commenting on the signature slogan of Trump's election campaign, Modi said that as his vision for a new India and President Trump's vision for Making America Great Again are very similar, it will take the two nation's cooperation to new heights.

"I shook hands but I grabbed him and hugged him because that's the way we feel", Trump said at a joint news conference, describing the Abe embrace.

The two militaries were working together to enhance cooperation. Previous year the United States trade deficit with India neared $31 billion.

"Some people were anxious about the view of an unpredictable Trump", retired Indian diplomat Rajeev Dogra said.

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

PMModi hugs US President Donald Trump as he departs from the White House. He thanked Modi for "joining us in applying new sanctions against Pyongyang".

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