India, Netherlands On Same Page On Global Issues: Prime Minister Narendra Modi


"Clearly Modi and Trump believe that economic and trade cooperation need not be as tricky as some may assume", said Kugelman.

Trump thanked Modi for his purchases of military equipment during a meeting in the White House's Cabinet Room.

And in a clear and direct reference to Pakistan-sponsored cross-border terrorism, the joint Indo-US statement said the leaders "called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries".

"The relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, never been better", Trump was quoted as telling reporters in the White House Rose Garden, standing alongside Modi.

Trump also said he will be working with India to create jobs in both countries and to grow economies of the two countries.

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the partnership between the businesses of the two countries can bear enormous fruits, worth many billions of dollars over the next decade, and generate new employment opportunities across both societies. "India has four decades' experience in fighting terrorism, and we share the USA administration's determination to defeat this scourge". He added, "I am sure that the convergence between my vision for a "new India" and President Trump's vision for "making America great again" will add new dimensions to our cooperation".

Commentators had predicted that Trump and Modi would find much in common, with both men having won power by portraying themselves as establishment outsiders. "And this visit should allow each leader ... to reinforce why this relationship matters to both sides of the equation, but also each leader can express any concerns that they might have candidly, man-to-man".

PM Modi, who invited the Trump family to visit India, later hugged the US President ahead of their press statements.

Finally, Trump praised India for helping to enforce sanctions on North Korea, while issuing an ominous warning.

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Mr Modi offered yet another embrace as he departed the White House.

He jetted into Holland for a meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte to boost ties between the trading partners, which look set to improve if the comments from the talks are anything to go by.

"It is with the help of the Netherlands that India successfully got membership of Missile Technology Control Regime past year, thank you", he said.

"In the last three years, the Netherlands has emerged as our third largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI)".

WITH US President Donald Trump having already made a decision to pull his country out of the Paris Agreement, climate change has fallen off the radar of the India-US relationship as well.

"Washington and New Delhi share anxieties about China's rise".

Regional security did feature in the talks, including on Afghanistan, as Washington considers deploying up to 5,000 extra troops to help local forces fighting insurgent groups.

On economic cooperation, the two countries said they plan to undertake a comprehensive review of trade relations to expedite regulatory processes and increase market access in areas such as agriculture, information technology and manufactured goods and services.

"India appreciated the United States designation of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leader as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist as evidence of the commitment of the United States to end terror in all its forms", the joint statement further added. "We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism". This is good news for both India and the United States, because it will mean they will join hands to take on the push by China for maritime supremacy.