Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

PM Narendra Modi gifts hand-woven shawls, Abraham Lincoln stamp to Trumps

PM Narendra Modi gifts hand-woven shawls, Abraham Lincoln stamp to Trumps

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump vowed to fight against terrorism even as they enlisted terrorist groups such as Al-Qa'ida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and D-Company with American designating the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin.

During his first face-to-face meeting with the First Family at the White House on Monday, Modi also gave Trump a folio containing an original commemorative postage stamp issued by India 52 years ago to mark the death centenary of former US President Abraham Lincoln.

Stressing that both the USA and India are deeply affected by terrorism, Trump, in a joint conference, said that there must be focus on destroying radical Islamic terrorism.

Later, as he and Modi joined for talks with senior officials, Trump said the two leaders were making great progress.

The two nations in their joint statement noted that, terrorism is a global threat that must be fought in every part of the world, and the USA and India would do it together, said Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

Trump said the friendship between the United States and India is built on shared values, "including our shared commitment to democracy".

Meanwhile, Indian officials reject suggestions that Modi's "Make in India" platform is protectionist and complain about the US regulatory process for generic pharmaceuticals and rules on fruit exports to the United States.

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PM Modi will also address the Indian diaspora in the country.

Trump said he is keen to work with Modi on creating a "fair and reciprocal" trade relationship between the two nations and called for the removal of "barriers" for the export of USA goods into Indian markets.

While the Trump administration hopes to "deepen" its relationship with India, the official added that they are "also interested in continuing our cooperation with Pakistan" and are "concerned about tensions between Indian and Pakistan".

"Be assured that in this joint journey of our two nations towards development, growth and prosperity, I will remain a driven, determined, and decisive partner", he said. After Modi's speech, the two leaders again briefly embraced. "We have resolved to enhance the maritime security cooperation between the two countries", he added.

"It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country", he said. India exported $111 million worth of goods in 2015-2016 to North Korea, and imported about $88 million, according to Indian government data. "Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas were are actively looking at", he said. "Trying to increase the price up a little bit", he said. "We have had a lot of discussions already", adding, "the relations between the USA and India are very strong and powerful".

"The future of our partnership has never looked brighter", Trump said as both leaders underscored the importance of the defence and security relationship.

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