April 21, 2018

Looking Forward To Welcome 'True Friend' PM Modi, Says President Trump

25 June 2017, 03:01 | Latoya Patrick

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

"From the halls of Congress to the Trump administration, USA leaders have placed an emphasis on ensuring American innovation is respected overseas", said Patrick Kilbride, Vice President of International Intellectual Property.

On Friday, four top US lawmakers who oversee trade on Capitol Hill wrote a letter to US President Donald Trump to use Modi's visit to ask India to tackle several hard hurdles American businesses face for trade and investment.

In a development that will provide a boost to India's maritime security, the Trump administration has authorised the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said on Friday, as the two nations' leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting.

US President Donald Trump on Sunday described Narendra Modi as "a true friend" and said he was looking forward to discuss important strategic issues with the Indian Prime Minister.

Ahead of his USA visit, PM Modi had said he looked forward to the opportunity of having an in-depth exchange of views.

Though, this will be PM Modi's 4th visit to the U.S. but as always, he will also meet the top American CEOs and interact with the Indian Diaspora. The Washington meeting between two of the most important global statespersons is certain to have important and beneficial consequences, given the strong determination on both sides to ensure that India and the United States form a partnership that is essential to meet the geopolitical challenges of the 21st century.

Apart from official meetings with Trump and his cabinet colleagues, Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs. "It is also expected to establish a network of honorary ambassadors based in India and Portugal to guide start-ups from both countries", it said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon and interacted with a group of Indians working at the medical centre. In the United States, the prime minister will attend a community reception tomorrow and hold talks with Trump on Monday.

Costa had tweeted prior to Modi's visit that this was an excellent opportunity to review the implementation of the accords agreed during his India visit in January, and sign new agreements.

"So, we have a list of things that we want to go over and we're hoping that we come out with a list of deliverables that come out of the meeting of the [US] President with the Prime Minister and we will have additional interactions with India after that", said Lighthizer.

"When they've done polling, there's a very positive feeling toward India and the kind of assistance - they've assisted in the education sector, the health sector".

"I look forward to engaging with the Indian community in the Netherlands", Modi said.

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