Toilet charity gets Indian village to take on Trump name

Marco Green
June 23, 2017

The news website quoting sources said that the State Department cleared the deal involving $2-3 billion, adding that the department informed the Indian government and manufacturer, General Atomics, on Wednesday regarding the decision.

Before leaving for Washington for his first meeting with US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said he looks forward to an in-depth exchange of views on further consolidating the robust and wide ranging partnership between India and the United States.

The deal would still require approval by Congress.

Job creation in India will be a key agenda when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets top American CEOs of global giants like Walmart, Apple and Caterpillar this Sunday during his visit to the US. The Indian Navy made the request for this intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform in 2016.

However, New Delhi's bargaining power in negotiations with Washington is limited, so it is unrealistic for Modi to totally change Trump's attitude toward the H1B visa and Paris agreement.

"There is a palpable fear in New Delhi that the new US president's lack of focus on India, and limited appointment of South Asia focused advisers, has resulted in India falling off the radar in Washington", wrote Eurasia Group analysts Shailesh Kumar and Sasha Riser-Kositsky in a recent note, noting the main goal for both is to establish a personal bond. An official announcement is expected soon.

A huge billboard declaring "Welcome to Trump Village" in Hindi and English, accompanied with a beaming portrait of the U.S. president, was unveiled in the tiny hamlet officially known as Marora, in the largely agriculture northern state of Haryana.

While it would be the first time Modi would be meeting the US President, the two have already had three "useful" conversations over telephone, the spokesman said.

New Delhi is also concerned over the moves to curb uses of the H-1B Visa regime by the skilled professionals from India and other countries to stay and work in the US. Jaishankar is also scheduled to meet the Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.

Sources say there is some concern in the State Department that if India were to get the surveillance drones, it would renew its push to acquire armed drones, which its military has eyed ever since they were deployed by USA forces against militants in Pakistan.

"We have a lot of areas of mutual cooperation, fighting terrorism, we have a lot of people-to-people ties, strong people-to-people ties; so we're looking forward to that visit", she said.

Jaishankar, a former Indian ambassador to the U.S., has been playing a leading role in strengthening the India-U.S. relationship under the Modi government.

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