Modi, Trump call for respecting sovereignty while boosting connectivity


"And I hope that you will give me the opportunity to welcome you and host you in India". "We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism", he said.

President Trump and Prime Minister Modi also vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists. India and the U.S. also urged Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch cross-border terror strikes.

The former Slovenian model was all smiles while welcoming PM Modi to the White House. "I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change", Modi said in a pre-departure statement in New Delhi on June 23.

"The top priority for both President Trump and myself is to protect our society from global challenges like terrorism - and because our aim is the strengthening of India and the United States of America - two great democracies in the world - friends", Modi said from his podium at the White House Rose Garden.

"President Trump and I have also spoken about strengthening bilateral defence technology and our trade and manufacturing partnership, which we believe will be mutually beneficial to us".

Earlier in his remarks to the press, Trump said he looks forward to working with Modi to create jobs in the two countries, to grow their economies and to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal.

Sensitive issues like H-1B visas used by thousands of Indian software engineers to work in the United States and the U.S. withdrawing from the Paris climate accord were tactfully disregarded as Modi was aware of the host's sensitivities over the issues.

In an address at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Astana, Modi, in presence of Xi, had said connectivity with countries of the region is a priority for India and that such projects should ensure inclusivity and sustainability.

At the conclusion of his speech, Modi extended an open invitation to Trump and his family to visit India.

"We enjoy a wonderful relationship, but it´s never been better than it is today", Trump told Modi at the dinner.

Ahead of his talks with Trump, Modi met with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

"You know, the prime minister was going to come here at a different time, but we worked out this time because they had elections in a section of India".

The State Department also announced that it was slapping sanctions on a senior figure in the Kashmiri group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

Trump said he wanted to "thank the Indian people" for their contribution to helping development in Afghanistan.

Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them.

Afghanistan, a country both India and America have invested in as a strategic ally, has been subjected to "increasing instability due to terrorism", he said.

He will meet with CEOs of Dutch companies and "will encourage them to join the Indian growth story".