Trump, Modi hail India-US ties

Trump, Modi hail India-US ties
Narendra Modi shakes hands with US President Donald Trump during the ‘Namaste Trump’ event in Ahmedabad, Monday.
AHMEDABAD/NEW DELHI, FEB 24 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 2/24/2020 12:41:06 PM IST

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India and the US are working to defend their people from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, boost defence cooperation and are negotiating a “fantastic” trade deal, US President Donald Trump said on Monday, asserting that his country loves India and will remain its “loyal” friend.

In an address to a huge cheering crowd at the ‘Namaste Trump’ event here, the US president, who arrived with his wife Melania and was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the airport, said his administration is working in a “very positive” way with Pakistan to crackdown on the terrorist organisations and militants that operate there. Ahead of his official delegation-level talks with Modi in the national capital on Tuesday, Trump also announced that his country will sign defence deals worth USD 3 billion and asserted that the US looks forward to providing India with some of the “best and most feared military equipment on the planet”.

While the chemistry between Modi and Trump was fully evident as the two leaders shared many hugs and heaped praise on each other in front of nearly 1,00,000-strong enthusiastic crowd at the new-look Motera stadium in the Prime Minister’s home state, the traditional and colourful welcome left the US President impressive.

“Five months ago, the US welcomed your PM at a giant football stadium, and you welcomed us at the world’s largest cricket stadium. Thank you for spectacular welcome. We will always remember this remarkable hospitality forever”, Trump said.

During the first leg of his two-day trip, Trump talked about India’s rich culture and extraordinary diversity repeatedly.

India is always admired around the earth as the place where millions of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Jews worship side by side in harmony as it has great tradition of embracing individual freedom, rule of law, dignity of every human being, Trump said.

During his nearly 30 minutes long speech, Trump also said, “while our nations have many differences, they are both defined and propelled by a fundamental truth -- the truth that all of us are blessed with divine light and every person is endowed with a sacred soul” and quoted Swami Vivekanand.

Earlier, thousands of people greeted Trump and his family as the presidential cavalcade criss-crossed the city roads leading first to Sabarmati Ashram and from there to Motera stadium.

On his part, Modi welcomed Trump to “world’s largest democracy” and said a “new history” was being created. Modi said ties between India and the US are no longer just another partnership but have touched far greater heights. Visit of President Trump to India with his family shows strong ties between India and the US, the prime minister added. Modi also praised Trump’s leadership in containing terrorism.

Later, Trump and Melania visted the Taj Mahal in Agra before arriving in New Delhi. 

“The Taj Mahal inspires awe.A timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of indian culture! Thank you india,” Trump wrote in the message book.


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