Trump Welcomes Indian PM Modi to White House

Hugging outside the White House Monday, President Donald Trump and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heralded an increasingly close strategic partnership as the USA branded a top militant from neighboring Pakistan as a “global terrorist”.In Mr. Trump’s and Mr. Modi’s remarks in the Rose Garden, energy and climate change were all but absent, other than a brief mention of US natural gas exports to India, which the president said he fully supports and hopes to finalize quickly. “We also discussed global issues and our common strategic interests in this country”, he said.Analysts say America’s exit from the Paris agreement doesn’t mean that India will abandon its efforts, even though worldwide pressure from the US has been lifted by Mr. Trump’s decision to withdrawal from Paris.Trump says it is “such an honor” to have Modi at the White House, where the two held several hours’ worth of meetings and events.Washington D.C. (USA), June 27 (ANI): The United States President Donald Trump on Monday asserted that the India-U.S. ties have never been so strong and better. “My vision of “New India” and President Trump’s vision of “Make America Great Again” shows convergence of ideas that will open up new avenues for people of both countries”.”I don’t think PM Modi can change Trump’s worldview”.Modi in turn made Trump beam by hailing his reputation as deal maker from his time as property tycoon. A senior White House official briefing reporters on Friday stressed that the United States wanted to help India advance as a defense partner, pointing in particular to counter terrorism and ensuring free navigation in the Indian Ocean region.In the thicket of diplomacy, Modi must also to try to grasp an unpredictable USA president who derides China as a “currency manipulator” one day, but later calls President Xi “a great guy”.”President Trump affirmed that the USA continues to remove barriers to energy development and investment in the United States and exports so that more natural gas, clean coal, and renewable resources and technologies are available to fuel India’s economic growth and inclusive development”, the statement said.Just hours before the two leaders sat down for a string of meetings stretching over four hours, the US Department of State had designated Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who has been training and pushing terrorists into India from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for almost 27 years, as a global terrorist, was “a strong message”.Both Modi and Trump run on economic nationalist platforms that could clash when it comes to trade talks, although both countries have similar concerns about China’s rise as a global military power.The leaders also agreed to strengthen their cooperation to address the growing threats and challenges from malicious cyber activity and committed to work together to promote an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable cyberspace environment that supports innovation, economic growth, and commerce. The way President Trump and the First Lady have welcomed me in Washington D.C., this is a welcome to the 125 crore people of India.The new administration has also indicated it could take a tougher stance on Pakistan, which India has long accused of harboring militant groups.Gopal Baglay, an External Affairs Ministry spokesman, sent a tweet from the meeting quoting Modi as saying that thousands of reforms had made India a place of “minimum government, maximum governance”, the Indian Express reported.Mr Modi had some choice barbs for China, which of late has appeared to overcome its differences with the Trump administration over trade disputes and North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.