Trump, Modi seek rapport despite friction on trade, immigration


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday invited Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump to India, to lead the US delegation of entrepreneurs.

"For Trump, the personal is political", said Atman Trivedi, an Asia specialist at Hills & Company consultancy.

"I have invited her (Ivanka Trump) to lead the U.S. delegation for global entrepreneurship forum", Modi said while jointly addressing the media with Trump following delegation-level talks between the two sides.

Modi Trump meet joint statement: PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a joint press statement at Rose Garden, White House at Washington DC.

"We are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations, and the radical ideology that drives them", said Trump, adding, "We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism". Modi's White House engagement, slated to last at least five hours (3.30pm to 8.30 pm) end to end, was prefaced by calls on the Indian Prime Minister by USA secretary of state Rex Tillerson and defence secretary Jim Mattis at the Willard Hotel next to the White House.

"I would say by the end of the day we'll agree on everything", Trump said, according to a pool report.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.

Trump also called for the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic programs to be "rapidly" tackled, and thanked Modi for "joining us in applying new sanctions against Pyongyang".

He is a senior leader of the largest rebel group fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, Hizbul Mujahideen.

Modi said there was no reason for the US and India to be rivals, stressing that both he and Trump shared a joint desire to increase productivity, growth and job creation.

US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley -a first-generation immigrant who was born Nimrata Randhawa and is the sole Indian American cabinet member in the Trump administration - is also believed to be playing a prominent role during the Modi visit Trump had invited Haley to the Monday lunch he usually has with US Vice-President Mike Pence, just ahead of Modi's arrival at the White House at 3.30pm, presumably to discuss the upcoming meeting. "India and the United States will always be tied together in friendship and respect", he said.

Modi in turn made Trump beam by hailing his reputation as deal maker from his time as property tycoon.

While Trump champions the idea of "America First" and wants to stop the migration of jobs overseas, Modi has his own drive to boost manufacturing at home, dubbed "Make in India". My visit to the US and the talks I held today is an important page in the history of India-US relationship. The U.S. says the militant group has claimed responsibility for several attacks.

Trump and Modi share a populist streak and a knack for social media, but their economic nationalist agendas could clash. While Obama and the two delegations feasted on crispy halibut in ginger carrot sauce, compressed avocados, and mango creme brulee, Modi sipped on warm water.First Lady Michelle Obama gave the dinner a miss and went on a day trip to the United States mid-west. It takes place amid uncertainty over the relationship because of differences on trade and other issues. Great honour to welcome the leader of the world's largest democracy.

In advance of the meeting, the Trump administration approved India's purchase of almost two dozen unarmed surveillance drones.



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