No country questioned India's surgical strikes: PM Modi tells Indian diaspora

Elias Hubbard
June 26, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump have fantastic and strong similarities including their approach towards media, judiciary and legislature, according to a Telangana BJP leader.

We're really seeking to roll out the red carpet. The fact that Modi will have dinner, not lunch, with Trump is meant to signal respect, officials said.

One big potential announcement is that, after weeks of deliberation, the Trump administration has agreed to sell India nearly two dozen Guardian drones, a deal worth more than $2billion that would represent the first such US sale to a non-NATO ally. "So, may be create a kind of economic dialogue that then can solve some of these problems and I think they would like to see few deals come down the line and we might see one drone purchase deal", she added.

Modi said the confidence in each other's political values and a strong belief in each other's prosperity has led to greater engagements between the two countries.

Last Monday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Apple CEO Tim Cook sat with US President Donald Trump in the White House State Dining Room and talked about immigration, improving digital services and cyber-security.

Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday.

Given both India and US's not-so-friendly ties with China, Beijing's growing influence in Asia could be a point of discussion between Narendra Modi and Donald Trump.

"Under a Trump administration. we are going to be best friends", Trump told the Republican Hindu Coalition a month before the election. Modi expressed his gratitude and thanked for the warm welcome.

People supporting and opposing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held competing demonstrations in Washington, DC on Sunday. Mr Trump wrote late on Saturday. The first face-to-face interaction between Mr Trump and PM Modi is expected to focus on Defense, Energy and possibly terrorism might be in the limelight.

Prime Minister Modi, in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, said that the logic of the Indo-US strategic ties is "incontrovertible" and the two countries have an overriding interest in securing the world from terrorism, radical ideologies and non-traditional security threats.

Mr Trump's protectionist instincts are at odds with India's efforts to boost exports and encourage Western manufacturers to "Make In India" - a flagship scheme under Mr Modi.

Pakistan's role in supporting and financing terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and the India-Iran-US trilateral meetings on bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan are likely to be discussed in detail.

Trump's administration has meanwhile indicated it could take a tougher stance on Pakistan, which India has long accused of harbouring militant groups.

"And, the foreign direct investment from Portugal to India, though small, has doubled during 2016-17".

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