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Modi-Trump meeting: No discussion on H1B during talks between two leaders

Modi met Abbas during the PA leader’s trip to India in May, and senior Indian officials have visited Abbas at his Ramallah residence during their trips to Israel, it added.The Indian Prime Minister offered his United States counterpart a folio containing an 1965 dated original commemorative postal stamp, issued to mark the death centenary of Abraham Lincoln.Referring to the meeting between PM Modi and US President Donald Trump, the joint statement that lists their shared goals and values said, “The two leaders support bolstering regional economic connectivity through the transparent development of infrastructure. while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, .and call on other nations in the region to adhere to these principle”.Modi’s chummy overtures mark a stark change from years of being shunned by American officials because of religious violence in his home state of Gujarat.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Trump to visit him in India, and capped the offer with a hug.Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned to Delhi on Wednesday morning after concluding his three-nation tour of Portugal, the United States and the Netherlands.He was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on his return.With the Trump administration undertaking a review of the H-1B visa, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, the issue had taken centrestage ahead of Modi’s United States visit with the issue expected to figure prominently in bilateral discussions. “I appreciate India’s efforts in Afghanistan”, Trump said. “We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism”. During their meeting, the two leaders also “committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including al-Qaeda, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e- Taiba (LeT), D-Company (led by underworld don and terror mastermind Dawood Ibrahim), and their affiliates”.Speaking after their meeting in the White House Rose Garden, Trump recalled his previous campaign pledge, that if elected, India would have a true friend in the White House. “If you look at the list of people he’s hugged, these are people who matter for India’s interest”.”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”, Trump said.”We enjoy a wonderful relationship, but it’s never been better than it is today”, Trump told Modi at the dinner. Describing both countries as “global engines of growth”, the prime minister said trade, commerce and investment are key areas of mutual cooperation. Before their meeting began, he thanked India for ordering military equipment from the US.The U.S. State Department just approved the $365 million sale of a C-17 military transport aircraft to India and is set to approve a $2 billion sale of U.S. -made unarmed drones.Both men are prolific users of social media, something Trump joked about with his guest.”Though India is traditionally wary of military alliances, the two countries have explored ways to create a naval network that would balance China’s maritime expansion. I have a feeling”, he joked.Heaping praises on Prime Minister Modi, Trump said that he had been reading a lot about him and that he would want to congratulate him for the exemplary leadership he has shown, primarily, economically.The former Slovenian model was all smiles while welcoming PM Modi to the White House.Modi, who arrived in the Netherlands on Tuesday for a brief visit, held talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. Read Also: Modi talks of terror, surgical strikes and taint free govt in address to Indian diaspora Modi highlighted his government’s economic reforms and the ease of doing business in the country.