Declaring his talks with President Trump “very successful and very fruitful,”the visiting Indian Prime Minister gave his host a trademark bear hug in the White House Rose Garden.Security was a major focus for their discussions.Modi announced increased cooperation on fighting terrorism, including enhanced sharing of intelligence.
“The top priority for both President Trump and myself is to protect our societies from global challenges like terrorism,and because our aim is the strengthening of India and the USA, two great democracies in the world.”
Trump said India and the United States can set an example for many other nations and make great strides in defeating common threats. “We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism.”
Combining both the security and economic relationship,an expected multi-billion-dollar deal for American surveillance drones for the Indian Navy will make a dent in the $24 billion trade imbalance in India’s favor.
In a delegation meeting in the White House Cabinet Room, the President, flanked by his Vice-president and Secretary of State,expressed appreciation for India ordering American defense equipment.
“And there’s nobody makes military equipment like we make military equipment. Nobody even close, so we want to thank you very much.”
Although this is not billed as a state visit, White House officials say they rolled out the red carpet for the Indian Prime Minister.And this is the first time that President Trump at the White House is hosting a dinner for a visiting foreign leader.
Steve Herman, VOA News, at the White House.