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PM Modi to Donald Trump: US, India cooperation can go beyond bilateral ties

"The cooperation between India and US can rise beyond bilateral cooperation and both countries can work for the future of Asia and the world...We are moving ahead together on many issues," Modi said as quoted by PTI.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 13, 2017 6:19 pm
narendra modi, donald trump, trump modi, narendra modi donald trump, asean summit, Philippines Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the President of United States of America (USA), Donald Trump in Manila, Philippines on Monday. PTI Photo

In a meeting that took place on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in the Philippines, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told US President Donald Trump on Monday that both nations can go beyond the bilateral ties and work jointly for the future of Asia reflecting their growing convergence on strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific region. “The cooperation between India and US can rise beyond bilateral cooperation and both countries can work for the future of Asia and the world…We are moving ahead together on many issues,” Modi said as quoted by PTI.

PM Modi also assured Trump that India will try to “live up to the expectations” of the US and the world. He further thanked the US President for speaking “highly” about India during his trips.

The meeting comes a day after officials of several countries, including, India, US, Japan and Australia held talks to give shape to the much talked about quadrilateral alliance to keep the strategically important Indo-Pacific region free, open and inclusive. The US has been pitching for greater Indo-US cooperation in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region where China has been upping its military presence.

“Wherever President Trump has gone and wherever he got an opportunity to talk about India, he spoke very highly about India. He expressed optimism about India and I am assuring that the expectation the world has, the expectation the US has, India has been trying to live up to that expectation and will continue to do it,” said Modi. Trump on his part described Modi as a friend.

“It’s great to have Prime Minister Modi here. We’ve had him at the White House, and he’s become a friend of ours and a great gentleman doing a fantastic job in bringing around lots of factions in India — bringing them all together,” Trump said according to the transcript released by the White House.

The two leaders are understood to have discussed the security scenario in the region besides several other issues of mutual interests including ways to further boost bilateral trade. The move to set up the quadrilateral alliance comes in the backdrop of growing Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea. The US has been favouring a larger role for India in the strategically key Indo-Pacific region.

The use of the term “Indo-Pacific” by President Trump has led to speculation that it may have something to do with Washington preparing the ground for a revival of the so called Quadrilateral strategic alliance between US, Japan, Australia and India to counter China’s rise.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. B
    Nov 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm
    When USA needed pakistan, Mr Bush was praising Musharaf always as great leader. USA is habitual to use nations for their job and then throw away the used leadership. Iraq Libya paid heavy price by following USA and capping nuclear program. USA need india in Afghanistan against Pakistan and a close partner to check/ control china.
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      Vilas Apte
      Nov 13, 2017 at 7:12 pm
      From the pow-wow held at Manila between US,Japan,Australia, India, it is clear that all these 4 nations have one thing in common- i.e fear and jealousy of China.
      1. Ramakrishna Tumuluri
        Nov 13, 2017 at 7:09 pm
        The Balance of power Doctrine requires that China should be contained in Asia--as China has failed to realize the dangers to Peace in Asia by its constant egging on of Terror imbued Pak psyche...which can jeopardize peace in Asia....The problem is like many Islamic countries Pakistan has no MORAL SPINE and long term outlook
        1. A
          Nov 13, 2017 at 5:51 pm
          Great Leader. This is called signs of a World leader and a great leader for the aspirations of Indians
          1. Nitin Deolekar
            Nov 13, 2017 at 5:32 pm
            Dare call US Forces and Cruelly Kill Each Every Even Suspected ISIS in India a fact-Today? Due to Dirty Ambedkar laws Like No common civil code in India in 21st Century?? Poor Pseudo-Secular?? Gandhi-Nehru-Ambedkar pro-Muslim Laws resulted in ISIS Terrorists Today a Fact for India. They failed to do even common civil code?? Forced 1-wife Act by Law for Hindu!! But Left Muslim free for Four Shaadi Verbal Talak!! is is Ambedkar idea of Equality?? Time has come to reverse Ambedkar Laws for next 70 years: Dare Do Apply 1-wife Act by Law for Muslim brothers Allow 2-shadi Talak for Hindu. Then Try common civil code after 70 years? Also Apply China family Law for Muslims: 1-family-1-child for next 70 years there-after 2. Take Voting all across India if India should remain Secular state of Make Hindu State?? if win then take away voting rights of Muslims? Gift Job reservation to Muslim women suffered due to Ambedkar bad laws Like Shah bano. Teach them Tennis from Sania Mirza in Schools!
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