PM Modi and I are world leaders in social media, says Trump

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In a late night statement, the White House said completion of these sales would increase bilateral defence trade to almost $19 billion, supporting thousands of United States jobs. Pakistan's Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Tuesday said that Trump administration was "speaking India's language".

During their meeting, the camaraderie between both leaders was on full display. "A lot of discussion related to what was happening in Afghanistan".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was grateful to United States President Donald Trump as he, along with the First Lady, Melania, rendered a warm and grand welcome to the Indian Head of State.

Noting that extensive economic and tax reforms launched in their respective countries will unlock huge economic opportunities for both countries, they committed to further expanding and balancing the trade relationship and to removing obstacles to growth and jobs creation.

This is the first time the two leaders have met face-to-face. "So, I would like to congratulate him", he said.

Noting that the year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Modi stressed on strengthening people-to-people contacts through the Indian diaspora in the Netherlands.

"It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into your markets, and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country".

Trump and Modi pledged to work together to counter North Korea's "weapons of mass destruction" programmes and vowed to hold "all parties" that support these programmes accountable, the White House statement said.

"The relationship between the United States and India is very, very strong and very, very powerful", Trump said. He wants India to import American natural gas and did not forget to add, like a true businessman, that the prices were being negotiated - "trying to get the price up a little bit"! India has the fastest-growing economy in the world. I have heard so much and I have been reading so much about you.

"In just two weeks, you will begin to implement the largest tax overhaul in your country's history".

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Modi arrived in The Hague earlier in the day on the third and final leg of his three-nation tour that also took him to Portugal and the US. Creating great new opportunities for your citizens. "You have a big vision for improving infrastructure, and you are fighting government corruption, which is always a grave threat to democracy", he said. Addressing the media, Ruchira Ghanashyam, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said that the Netherlands was an important economic partner of India.

Describing Netherlands as a natural partner in the economic development of India, PM Modi said the trade and economic ties between both sides are increasing.

With an eye on China and the disputes in the South China Sea, Modi and Trump after their meeting in the White House called for freedom of navigation and resolving of territorial and maritime disputes peacefully in accordance with global law.

"I laud your commitment towards strong India-USA bilateral relations". The U.S. and India have played a significant role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

"One of our common priorities will be the development of trade, commerce, and investment links".

They also look forward to working together on advanced defence equipment and technology at a level commensurate with that of the closest allies and partners of the U.S.

"Expressing concern about the serious and grave threat posed by the spread of terrorism and violent extremism to both countries and the world, the Prime Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to combat terrorism and prevent radicalisation that could lead to violent extremism and reiterated the need for a unified and collective effort by the worldwide community to eliminate terrorism through a holistic approach", a joint communique stated.

According to the White House, the United States remains a reliable provider of advanced defence articles in support of India's military modernisation efforts.

"The relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, never been better", Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden as he stood alongside the Indian premier.

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