Pakistan militant punished as India PM visits US

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US President Donald Trump declared on Monday (Jun 26) that ties between Washington and New Delhi had "never been stronger" after holding his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mr Modi was greeted by Mr Trump outside the South Portico of the White House.

Ahead of his meeting at the White House, Prime Minister Modi took part in a gathering with U.S. CEOs Sunday, focusing on economic cooperation between the two large global economies. Now, in its quest towards making America First as espoused during his election campaign, Trump had started following up his election rhetoric of let's make America great again and the way forward as a policy or slogan he started propagating the view "Be American, buy American" - no less than many such rhetoric by PM Modi during his election campaigning in 2014; and now as he prepares to regain power again in 2019.

Trump, an official said, has visited India once, has two developments in the country and said during the campaign that if he were elected President: "India would find a true friend in the White House".

Baglay said both India and the USA believe in respect for worldwide law, rule-based order and freedom of navigation. Concerns in New Delhi have centered on whether India will remain a priority relationship for the U.S.

"The meeting will provide more clarity on whether the past six months have been Act 1 in a surprising friendship or Round 1 of a protracted slugging match", he said.

For all their differences, though, Trump and Modi share key traits: They positioned themselves as outsiders and rose to the pinnacle of an insider's game.

Trump tells Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a meeting with top aides that it "always makes us feel very good" when other countries purchase American-made equipment.


Addressing Indian-Americans at a reception in Virginia, Modi asserted that India has been successful in convincing the world about "the face of terrorism that is destroying peace and normal life" in the country. Mr Modi described the two countries as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation in an uncertain global economic landscape. Respectively, Trump and Modi both have the first and second highest amount of Twitter followers for any world leader, with Trumps 32 million followers topping Modi's 31 million.

Once the two sides are on a firm footing, they can find a way forward to both protect the American workers and also continue a system that is crucial to the USA for staying on the leading edge of industrialising technology and innovation, the real secret to the US's greatness.

Modi has called India's relationship with the U.S. The two leaders are expected to discuss a range of issues, from trade and climate change to opportunities for partnership on security.

The State Department action sent out a strong message against the terrorism emanating from Pakistan which is hurting India.

The designation of Syed Salahuddin (SAI-ed sah-lah-hoo-DEEN) will be welcomed by India, whose prime minister is meeting Monday with President Donald Trump. The U.S. says the militant group has claimed responsibility for several attacks.

Modi is expected Monday afternoon for meetings with Trump and dinner with the president and first lady.

"Yes, this will be the first opportunity for them to sit down and have a conversation, but I think that this is still fairly early on in the administration", the official said. To make better deals than his predecessor, Trump has been reversing some of the policies of former US President Barack Obama.

Trump, so far, has held his fire on India, instead focusing his ire on Mexico, China and Germany.

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