Even at 2 am, Swaraj helps Indians tweeting for help: Modi

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

"The world today sees India as a top investment direction", he said and urged the diaspora to work for and help in the development of India. Growth of India presents win-win partnership for India & US both, US companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that.

Modi "correctly believes that the Indian diaspora can make a big difference between U.S. and India relations", he said.

After the meeting he tweeted: "Interacted with top CEOs".

They stress the future importance of the huge Indian market to US firms and major growth in areas such as aviation which will offer significant opportunities for USA manufacturers. The expected sale of 22 Guardian drones is being hyped, though they are primarily used by the US Coast Guard and Border Protection Service.

Yes, in pulling out of the Paris climate deal, he lumped us with other countries as freeloaders.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Friday, "With concerted efforts of China and ASEAN countries, the situation in the South China Sea is cooling down".

Noting that US-India trade has tripled over the last decade, reaching a historic high of almost Dollars 110 billion in 2015, USIBC said there is an opportunity for both the countries to also sync their regulatory and standards system to increase trade and investment.

The meeting Sunday at a Washington hotel included the heads of some of the top United States technology companies, including Google's Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Shantanu Narayen from Adobe Systems, all of whom are Indian American.

Trump's description of PM Modi as a "true friend" has already set the tone for a productive maiden meeting between the two leaders.

However, going by Indian Prime Minister's recent statements, he will not be raising the issue of climate change in Washington.

"President Trump's executive order on H-1B visas directs the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and Secretary of Homeland Security to propose potential reform to the H-1B visa program". Modi reached USA on 25 June and was given a warm welcome by the Indian community there with a series of events organised for him.

"It's a long interaction, lots of time for the two leaders to get to know each other, to interact on the critical issues that face our two countries", the White House official said. "We agree with him to allow the future generation to participate in the growth of India", said another expat.

Meanwhile, Modi will be the first foreign dignitary invited for a dinner on Monday to the White House under the Trump administration.

Aware of the new Trump administration's emphasis on the economy, Modi in his commentary first touched upon the vast economic opportunities that Asia's third-largest economy presented to the US.

Praising Prime Minsiter Modi, another expat said Modi has enhanced the status of Indian people across the world and we are not anxious about the H1B Visa as there are no hurdles for students who know work.

"So I think India will largely welcome some of what's being talked about by Trump and his advisers."

"This issue has always been complicated between the USA and India", said Alyssa Ayres, a former State Department official and now a South Asia analyst at the Council on Foreign Relations.

After an Oval Office meeting mid-afternoon, the leaders will dine together at the White House, though no press conference is scheduled.

"During the meeting, the President and the Prime Minister will discuss ongoing cooperation, including counter-terrorism, defence partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, global cooperation, burden-sharing, trade, law enforcement, and energy", Spicer had said.

"Trump actually is reflecting a view that I think is fairly widely held. that the present structure of the H-1B program is no longer working as it was created to work", she said.

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