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Trump to welcome India's prime minister to White House

Trump to welcome India's prime minister to White House

The creative and entrepreneurial energy of our engineers, scientists and researchers, and their free movement between both countries, continue to help India and the United States retain their innovation edge and maintain competitiveness in the knowledge economy, he said.

Praising the steps being taken by the Indian government in the last three years, he said the United States companies are looking forward to the roll out of the GST.

As they met, a Pentagon agency said the U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to India of a Boeing C-17 transport aircraft with an estimated cost of $366 million. The administration is also set to offer a $2 billion sale of US -made unarmed drones to help in surveillance of the Indian Ocean.

In an uncertain global economic landscape, India and the U.S. stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation, he said. "We don't see a zero-sum relationship when it comes to the U.S. relationship with Pakistan and the USA relationship with India". "Those (Pakistan) who suffered because of this, is a different thing", Modi said.

Trump's first-ever meeting with Modi comes after his meeting dozens of other world leaders, including the prime minister of Montenegro. "PM did. He said he wants to know what Indians in America are thinking, he wanted to hear directly from them".

While ties with some traditional allies have been strained by Trump's complaints that Washington has been the loser in trade agreements, Modi appears alert to his host's sensitivities and emphasis on transactional diplomacy.

Modi was expected to address issues of terrorism and, possibly, USA aid to Pakistan.

Despite these very real headwinds, the foundations of the relationship are strong, and both leaders can and should use the upcoming summit as an opportunity to calm critics, reassure supporters, and capture the imagination of future generations of Indians and Americans whose futures will be increasingly intertwined. "The logic of our strategic relationship is incontrovertible". The fact that Modi will have dinner, not lunch, with Trump is meant to signal respect, officials said.

Their day together - which will include a one-on-one meeting, a joint statement from the Rose Garden and a reception in Modi's honor - ends with a working dinner at the White House. Swaraj's habit of promptly responding and acting on tweets by Indians in distress anywhere in the world, was also praised by Mr. Modi.

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The Prime Minister assured the Indian diaspora in the United States that his government will continue to strive to take India to newer heights.

The Prime Minister added that "1.25 crore equally talented Indians are there back in India, they are now getting supportive environment and soon we will develop India soon".

Both are political outsiders who champion a muscular, country-first nationalism.

"Preparing the ground for the meeting between the leaders".

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.

On GST, the Prime Minister said that this is becoming a reality after years of effort, ahead of the roll out of the landmark tax reform measure from July 1.

Modi's supporters were full of optimism on Trump's election, both leaders being pro-business populists. Referring to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows, he noted the world is seeing India as a top investment destination.

Regional security is expected to be high on the agenda as Washington considers deploying up to 5,000 extra troops in Afghanistan to help local forces fighting insurgent groups and seeks to encourage what an administration official describes as India's "positive role" in the country.

Trump has focused on outreach to China, India's strategic rival, as he looks to Beijing to rein in North Korea.


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