PM Modi, President Trump to meet at White House 1.20 am IST

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 26, 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much anticipated working dinner with President Donald Trump at the White House is set to start soon.

Experts expect those sales to be of drones. "He will say Trump Sarkar welcomes Modi Sarkar", said Chicago industrialist Shalabh "Shalli" Kumar, who was considered the chief architect of the presidential candidate outreach to the Indian-American community a year ago.

Rick Rossow, an India expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the frictions in US-Indian relations since Trump took office on January 20 added gravity to the meeting.

Modi's maiden trip to the U.S. under the Trump administration comes on the heels of several high-level visits between the two countries.

The Indian Prime Minister tweeted a picture of the group after the meeting Sunday.

Modi at the Ritz Carlton said the surgical strikes conducted by India across the LoC prove that the country can defend itself when needed.

At his White House interaction, President Trump is expected to go further.

The American president is also likely not to thrilled by the fact that India has a $24 billion trade surplus with the US.

India's growth presents a win-win partnership for the country and the United States, and American companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that, Modi told the CEOs.

Obama, who traveled to India twice during his presidency, visited India in 2015 and became the first American president to attend India's Republic Day parade, a showcase of the country's military might.

One administration official even said they could bond over Twitter, noting that Monday's meeting will bring together the world leaders with the two largest Twitter followings. Trump has over 32 million. "When I think of a developed India, I think of a healthy India, particularly the good health of women and children of our nation", he said.

Both Trump and Modi have tried to boost domestic manufacturing in their own country.

At a hotel meeting in Washington with leaders of some of the top American technology companies, the prime minister extolled the virtues of doing business in India where he said there was "minimum government", making it easy to do business in the South Asian nation. "We have succeeded in conveying to the world the deleterious effects of terrorism on India".

The planned 100 smart cities, the massive modernisation of ports, airports, and road and rail networks, and the construction of affordable housing for all by 2022, are not just promises of great urban renewal within India but also of new employment opportunities for the two societies.

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