Published: Thu, June 29, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

Trump, Modi call on Pakistan to stem terrorist attacks


'I don't think there is any need to repeat the fact that in India's economic development and our priorities for development, Netherlands is a natural partner, ' Modi, who was fresh from his much anticipated United States visit, added. "It is important that barriers be removed to the export of USA goods into your markets, and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country", Trump said during remarks made by the two leaders while issuing a joint statement.

President Trump and Prime Minister Modi were photographed and caught on video hugging at least three times, as noted by the below tweet from Mark Knoller, a CBS News White House Correspondent.

Expressing his gratitude towards the Dutch PM, Narendra Modi said, "Would like to thank you for the warm welcome accorded to not just me, but our entire delegation".

Modi appreciated the "warm welcome" accorded to him by President Trump and First Lady Melania and said, "We consider the U.S. as our primary partner for India's social and economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes".

President Trump in a strong message to the terror outfits across the world said that the U.S. would work with India to destroy radical Islamic terrorism.

Key military and civilian defence leaders continue to meet via reciprocal counterpart visits and strategic and policy dialogues, promoting closer service ties and improving interoperability among our forces, the White House said. Both the leaders embraced each other as friends and partners, pledging to strengthen the economic ties between the two nations.

Modi, under a program titled "Make in India", has been looking for foreign companies to set up production in India.

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Syed Salahuddin (also known as Mohammed Yusuf Shah) was designated as a global terrorist. Then after the hug, Modi grabbed President Trump's hand briefly, as if to pull Mr. Trump toward him again. "I would like to invite you to India, along with your family".

In his remarks, Trump said: "We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism".

"To all appearances, the chemistry seems to have been quite good between Trump and Modi", said Rana Banerji, a retired intelligence officer in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister said that he also discussed regional issues, including the situation in Afghanistan and the Indo-Pacific region.

He said the United States administration has declared Syed Salahuddin of Hizbul Mujahideen as a "global terrorist", reflecting Indias concerns in the matter.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi sat down for delegation-level talks with Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House. "I look forward to grow our trade relationship in a fair manner to bring down the trade deficit", Trump said. In a concrete indication of that, the United States is set to offer a $2bn sale of US-made unarmed drones to help in surveillance of the Indian Ocean.

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

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