- Meeting between leaders of world’s largest and oldest democracies
- Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin declared a Specially Designated Global Terrorist
At their first ever meeting today, Indian PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump struck a common note on terrorism, saying eliminating it is among the top-most priorities for the two nations.
At the joint press briefing in the Rose Garden, the two leaders exchanged firm handshakes and heaped praise on each other. They talked of the shared values and the commitments they have honoured over the years between the world’s largest and oldest democracies.
President Trump said,
India has a ‘true friend’ in him at the White House.
PM Modi said,
We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this.
Ahead of the meeting, the US State Department had declared Syed Salahuddin, chief of terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in a move that India called a vindication of its stand against cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
During the conversation between the two world leaders Trump said,
I am thrilled to salute you, Prime Minister Modi, and the Indian people for all that you are accomplishing together. Your accomplishments have been vast.
He also said,
The US-India partnership ‘has never looked brighter’ and stressed that both countries were tied together in friendship and respect.
After Trump made his remarks, PM Modi walked over, shook hands and embraced the US President. In return, PM Modi said that he appreciated Trump’s commitment and efforts to strengthening bilateral relations.
An Overwhelming Modi remarked,
I am sure that under your leadership, our mutually beneficial strategic partnership will gain new strength, new positivity, and will reach new heights, and that your vast and successful experience in the business world will lend an aggressive and forward-looking agenda to our relations.
Modi extended an invitation to President Trump and his family to visit India. He said he looked forward to hosting Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter, as she leads a US delegation for an entrepreneurship summit later this year in India.
PM Modi gifted the US first couple hand-woven shawls from Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, a handcrafted silver bracelet, tea and honey from Kangra Valley and most importantly, a folio containing a commemorative postage stamp issued by India in 1965 on the death centenary of former US President Abraham Lincoln.