Modi Meets with Top US Executives

Claudine Rigal
Juin 26, 2017

An agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones would be worth more than $2 billion. The offer is still subject to congressional approval.

From Moscow to Tokyo, Beijing to Paris and Islamabad to Kabul, all eyes will be on Washington on Monday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds his first meeting with US President Donald Trump.

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Trump's administration has meanwhile indicated it could take a tougher stance on Pakistan, which India has long accused of harboring militant groups.

"When India conducted surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realised that India practices restrain but can show power when needed", the Prime Minister said as he highlighted the achievements of his government in the last three years. The staffer was not authorized to discuss the potential deal and requested anonymity. Prime Minister Modi's visit has been preceded by several other high-profile visits, including the trip of National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, several senior secretaries, Minister of State for Agriculture S S Ahluwalia-led 11 member multi-party parliamentary delegation and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba's five-day visit earlier this month.

"There is a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm about India's relations with the US". The South Asian nation, which has traditionally bought most of its defense equipment from Russian Federation, is looking to upgrade its capabilities.

Establishing a joint NIS 140 million Israeli-Indian fund for encouraging Israeli and Indian companies to pursue innovation and R&D.

Saying that Indians in America have not just helped India progress but also the US, Modi said that success and action of the Indian diaspora is still echoing in the world. "Probably this was the reason why no nation raised a finger or tried to question us when he went in for surgical strike as this realisation has dawned on the world community that terrorism is an enemy of mankind", he said.

There could still be pushback from Congress. Pakistan's role in supporting and financing terrorism in Kashmir and the India-Iran-US trilateral meetings on bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan will be points of major focus.

President Trump, Rao said, is a multi-billionaire businessman, who had nothing to do with politics, never been an active politician but has risen with massive popular support to be elected as US President.

"MEA is one ministry of the government which has demonstrated through the use of social media, for the first time, that it cares for poorest of Indians", he said.

But there could be increased strains on trade issues.

The bilateral trade between the two countries totals about $115 billion a year.

"Modi, people tend to think is more nationalistic, takes a very realistic view on the world rather than the middle-line policies taken by the Congress". In making the announcement, the United States president said New Delhi had made its participation "contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid".

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