PM Modi and I are world leaders in social media, says Trump

In a strong message to Islamabad, the United States and India have told Pakistan to ensure its territory is not used for terror attacks on other countries and asked it to bring to justice terrorists blamed for attacks in Mumbai and other places in India. “They further called on Islamabad to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of 26/11 Mumbai blasts, Pathankot incident and other cross-border attacks”, Indian Foreign Secretary Dr. S. Jaishankar said. “It is natural that we will be discussing not only bilateral issues but also a slew of global issues”, Modi said here in a joint statement issued with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.While both leaders stressed the importance of their bilateral relationship, Trump noted that he looks forward to working with Modi to create a trading relationship that is “fair and reciprocal”, urging the prime minister to do more to narrow the USA trade deficit with India.”We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism”, Trump said forcefully, an affirmation that may not have been exactly music to Pakistani ears.The two countries also “stressed that terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought and terrorist safe havens rooted out in every part of the world”.He said the two countries were “already working together to address the existing and emerging strategic and security challenges that affect both our nations-in Afghanistan, West Asia, the large maritime space of the Indo-Pacific, the new and unanticipated threats in cyberspace”.Trump thanked the Indian people for their “contributions to the effort in Afghanistan, and for joining us in applying new sanctions against the North Korean regime”.Finally, on security partnership, he shared India’s views on terrorism and vowed to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them.He sought more jobs to be created in the United States and asked India to remove trade barriers to encourage the export of USA goods into their markets, and help US reduce the trade deficit, which means more concessions from India on American trading companies. “India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries”, he said-a claim that was rubbished by New Delhi.Modi said the two countries had agreed to increase cooperation to tackle increasing radicalisation, extremism and terrorism.The expert further said that Trump considers India a “big power that requires his attention, but not as much as China and Russian Federation”. “So, it goes to show as to where Trump’s priority lie”, he said. But there were some tensions in the inaugural meeting between the two populist leaders.”So, for India, we are an entry (point) to Europe”, he said. He also lauded the US President for his commitment towards strong Indo-US relations.”To this end, the United States and India plan to undertake a comprehensive review of trade relations with the goal of expediting regulatory processes; ensuring that technology and innovation are appropriately fostered, valued, and protected; and increasing market access in areas such as agriculture, information technology, and manufactured goods and services”, the statement said. Read Also: Trump eager for meeting with PutinTrump said he was pleased with an order by an Indian airline company for 100 new American planes, calling it one of the largest orders of it is kind, which will support thousands and thousands of American jobs. We hope we’re going to be catching you very soon in terms of percentage increase, I have to tell you that.