Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Stop breeding terrorists, India-US tell Pakistan

Stop breeding terrorists, India-US tell Pakistan

On the other hand, President Trump, welcoming Modi, gave the latter a guided tour to White House, which included Lincoln's bedroom.

With an eye on China and the disputes in the South China Sea, Modi and Trump after their meeting in the White House called for freedom of navigation and resolving of territorial and maritime disputes peacefully in accordance with worldwide law.

"Reflecting the partnership, the United States has offered for India's consideration the sale of Sea Guardian Unmanned Aerial Systems, which would enhance India's capabilities and promote shared security interests", the joint statement said.

"Congress is particularly disappointed by the fact the US President acknowledged the accomplishments of India under Prime Minister Modi during the last three years".

Mr Trump said the security partnership between the U.S. and India is incredibly important.

Earlier, in their joint press statement at the White House, Trump stressed on eliminating and destroying radical Islamic terrorism and emphasised on how both nations - the USA and India - are deeply affected by the malaise of terrorism.

India ranks seventh on the list of countries impacted most by terrorism, while Pakistan ranks fourth on the list of rankings released by the Global Terrorism Index in 2016. And it "called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries".

"I am thrilled to salute you, Prime Minister Modi, and the Indian people for all you are accomplishing together".

PM Modi also invited President Trump's daughter Ivanka to come to India to lead the United States delegation of entrepreneurs.

He also thanked India for purchasing 100 planes from Boeing that would create thousands of jobs in the US.

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Heaping praises on Prime Minister Modi, Trump said that he had been reading a lot about him and that he would want to congratulate him for the exemplary leadership he has shown, primarily, economically.

Chinese experts also allayed speculations that Trump would use India as a "pawn" to restrain China, which an opinion article in the Global Times had warned earlier.

The US responded in equal measure by making the pre-summit announcement of naming Syed Salahuddin, chief of Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, as a "global terrorist" and putting counter-terrorism cooperation, including in Kashmir, at the nub of their bilateral relationship.

Energy deals "are being negotiated and we will sign - trying to get the price up a little bit", Trump said.

And, if India is ready to do business with U.S. - something which China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, among others, have learnt to use to their advantage - then the Trump administration is ready to accommodate Indian concerns and aspirations more than half way.

This is the first time the two leaders have met face-to-face.

The two Prime Ministers also called for early conclusion of negotiations on the India-initiated Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. "The future of our partnership has never looked brighter", Trump said as both leaders underscored the importance of the defence and security relationship.

He said the Indian diaspora are the links and bridge between the people of two countries.

"So, for India, we are an entry (point) to Europe", he said.

The Chinese daily in the article said both former Soviet Union and the USA under Kennedy presidency tried to pit India against China but the results were not "satisfactory". I have heard so much and I have been reading so much about you.

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