Trump salutes Modi and Indian people
By Abu Turab
The meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Donald Trump, which was earlier officially termed as an exercise to “know each other” has remarkably turned to India’s favor. The “outstanding” White House remarks indicated development of closer chemistry between the two leaders.
Donald Trump, while welcoming Modi, said, “I am thrilled to salute you, Prime Minister Modi, and the Indian people for all you are accomplished together. The relationship between India and US has never been stronger, never been better.”
Praising India’s economic growth, Trump said, “Your accomplishments have been vast. India has the fastest growing economy in the world. We hope we’ll be catching you very soon in terms of percentage increase – I have to tell you, we’re working on it.”
Modi was quoted as saying, “I am sure that convergence between my vision for “new India” and President Trump’s vision to “make America Great Again” will add new dimensions to our cooperation.”
At one point Modi said, “We are global engines of growth. The all round comprehensive economic growth and joint progress of both countries and societies are the priorities of India and US.”
Trump said that both the countries had been affected by the “evils of terrorism” and the “radical ideology that drives them”. He further said, “We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism.”
Before concluding his remarks Modi said, “I look forward to welcome your daughter to India for the entrepreneurship summit. I invite you to visit India with your family. I would like to invite you to India, along with your family, and hope that you will give me the opportunity to welcome you to India.”
During Modi’s US visit India has successfully gained several landmark achievements because of the closer chemistry between the two leaders. India got Major Defense Partner status, clearance of two billion dollar drone deal, and most importantly Washington’s approval for New Delhi’s Pakistan policy, especially about cross border terrorism. The text of the joint statement gives a feeling that New Delhi was given free hand to incorporate its major concerns in the document.
After the press conference Prime Minister Modi gave Mr Trump a trade mark hug. This was the third time two leaders hugged within five hours as Mr Trump bade farewell.