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Bromance as Trump and Modi hail friendship at first talks

Further describing the U.S.as a “true friend” of India, the visiting Prime Minister said, “Under Trump’s leadership, we can take U.S. -India ties to a high level”. There is no USA ambassador in New Delhi (though White House aide Kenneth Juster is reported as a likely candidate to fill the slot) and no assistant secretary is in place for South Asian affairs at the State Department – diplomatic absences that can not help but cause even more unease in New Delhi.Trump says his daughter, Ivanka Trump, has accepted an invitation to travel to India this fall for an entrepreneurship summit.Asserting that the fight against terrorism is the top priority for him and US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that both the leaders discussed increasing radicalisation and extremism.The Indian leader, who has recently looked to woo companies to India with a “Make In India” campaign, said Monday that his vision could work with Trump’s campaign pledge to “Make America Great Again”, his 2016 campaign slogan.Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi also held discussions with U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson and Defence Secretary James Mattis.But the Indian leader’s visit comes at an inopportune time, as the president and his team are distracted by domestic political and legal challenges. “This summer India will celebrate the 70th anniversary of their Independence and on behalf of the USA, I want to congratulate the Indians on this magnificent milestone”, he said. Both countries combine rich ethnic and religious diversity with a strong sense of national pride.The situation in Afghanistan, counter-terrorism and India’s foreign policy formed the thrust of Modi’s meeting with the two senior diplomats, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said soon after the meeting.Syed Salahuddin is one of the most wanted terrorists in India. “In that sense, China is concerned”. “We don’t see a zero-sum relationship when it comes to the USA relationship with Pakistan and the USA relationship with India”.”And after many years, we’ve got three-fourth majority in the state assembly”, Modi added. It will increase India’s capability to have a view over the entire Indian Ocean. “You have a big vision for improving infrastructure, and you are fighting government corruption, which is always a grave threat to democracy”, he said. “This kind of 180-degree turn is very concerning to India”.Immigration is expected to be a major topic of discussion and possible source of tension between the two world leaders.Writing in a Wall Street Journal editorial published just ahead of their meeting, Modi said that in “an uncertain global economic landscape, our two nations stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation”.Relations between New Delhi and Washington warmed under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama as India sought greater foreign investment and trade ties with Western nations.Trump and Modi both spoke at length about military cooperation during a Rose Garden ceremony where the two leaders delivered joint statements.The prime minister emphasised that India wants good relations with all countries, including its neighbours. Trump wants to keep American businesses and jobs at home. “I think we would like to move forward with both countries but we realize that the pace and scope of that relationship is going to be different in each case”.For all their differences, though, Trump and Modi share key traits: They positioned themselves as outsiders and rose to the pinnacle of an insider’s game.It remains to be seen how the two men will get along but both leaders appear to possess numerous same character traits including an affinity for Twitter, where both Trump and Modi have over 30 million followers each.Mirchandani expects this is one area in which the two will find common ground.Although there are not expected to be any major defence announcements, the California-based contractor General Atomics said it had been given clearance by the U.S. government to sell drones to the Indian army.