Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was in the United States on the second leg of his three-nation tour, left for Amsterdam after he met US President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. During the meeting between the two leaders focused on pushing the strategic ties. Trump also hosted PM Modi for a ‘working dinner’, in a first, at the White House.
At the joint press statement, President Donald Trump described US as a “true friend” to India and said both the countries are working towards eradicating radical Islamic terrorism. Trump also congratulated India for being the fastest growing economy and said that he looks forward to invest more US energy in India. Prime Minister Modi expressed his gratitude to Trump and invited him and his family to visit India.
During the meeting with CEOs on Sunday, PM Modi had asked them to invest in India stating that it is ‘a business-friendly destination and that things will only get better once the game-changing tax reform is implemented’. Modi also addressed the Indian diaspora at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Virginia and talked about the surgical strikes conducted by India after Uri terror attack last year. He said that the strikes proved that India can stand in its own defence when needed.
Below are the highlights:
8:00 am: PM Modi will visit Amsterdam, where he will meet with Dutch PM Mark Rutte. Much like US visit, the issue of global terrorism and security is one of the issues that is likely to be discussed between the two leaders.
7:20 am: In a statement, MEA described the US visit as ‘historic’ and said the countries have set “new milestones” in Indo-US relationship. Click here to read
7:05 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi issues a joint statement with President Donald Trump. Watch Video:
6:58 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for visit to Amsterdam after US visit.
Washington DC: PM Narendra Modi leaves for Amsterdam pic.twitter.com/SLe3UTWTDY
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6:54 am: To read the full joint Indo-US statement, CLICK HERE
— PIB India (@PIB_India) June 26, 2017
6:52 am: Prime Minister, during its joint statement, invites President Donald Trump and his family to India. “I would like to invite you to India, along with your family. And I hope that you will give me the opportunity to welcome you and host you in India,” he said.
6:50 am: During the joint statement, President Donald Trump said that both the nations will work towards destroying radical Islamic terrorism. He also said that US is looking forward to exporting more energy to India as its economy continues to grow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also stressed on fighting terrorism in his joint statement and said both the nations have agreed on counter-terrorism operation.
6:45 am: President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi take no questions after joint statement. Both the leaders gave each other a hug before the joint statement.
6:44 am: The leaders are committed to continue close consultations and cooperation in support of Afghanistan’s future. President Trump welcomed further Indian contributions to promote Afghanistan’s democracy, stability, prosperity, and security. Both the leaders called upon all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law: Indo-US statement.
5.20 am: PM Narendra Modi leaves the White House.
4.17 am: Hand-woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh were also presented to President Trump.
4.15 am: PM Modi gave President Trump a folio containing an original commemorative postal stamp that had been issued by India in 1965.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 26, 2017
3.24 am: PM Modi said they have agreed to work closely on boosting maritime trade and cooperation and lauded Trump’s commitment towards strong India-USA bilateral relations.
3.20 am: Trade, commerce and investment are key areas. Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas were are actively looking at: PM Modi
3.17 am: PM Modi said India consider USA as a valued partner in their flagship programmes and added that they discussed the problems arising due to terrorism and radicalisation.
3.14 am: Both India and USA are global engines of growth. Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us: PM Modi
3.10 am: Prime Minister Modi speaks during the joint presser, says his talks with US President are an important moment in the cooperation between both the nations.
3.08 am: PM Modi invited my daughter Ivanka to lead US delegation to the global entrepreneurship in India, and I believe she has accepted: President Trump
3.07 am: Always had admiration for your country, people, culture, heritage and traditions: President Trump tells Modi.
3.06 am: Both countries are affected by terror, and we resolve that will destroy radical Islamic terror: President Trump
3.05 am: You have a true friend in the White House…our ties have never been stronger and better: President Trump
3.04 am: During the joint press meet, US President Donald Trump said it was great honour to welcome the leader of the world’s largest democracy.
3.02 am: PM Modi and President Trump are currently issuing a joint statement at the Rose Garden in the White House.
2.40 am: Modi and Trump will give a joint press statement in Rose Garden, White House shortly.
2.20 am: US first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump welcome PM Modi on his arrival at the White House.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 26, 2017
2.05 am: During delegation level talks, President Trump thanked India for ordering equipment from the US and insisted that no one makes military equipment like the US.
2.00 am: Delegation level talks are underway between India and USA in the cabinet room at the White House, reports ANI.
1.40 am: “You have done a great job economically and you are doing well in so many ways,I would like to congratulate you,” President Trump was quoted as saying by PM Modi.
1.38 am: PM Modi and US President Donald Trump are currently holding their first face-to-face meeting in Washington.
1.26 am: President Donald Trump has welcomed me with immense warmth. I thank him for the welcome: PM Modi.
1.15 am: Prime Minister Modi reached the White House as US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania receive him outside.
1.05 am: PM Modi has arrived at the White House to meet President Trump.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 26, 2017
11.35 pm: Meanwhile, this is what Apple CEO Tim Cook has to say about Modi’s visit.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 26, 2017
11.14 pm: India has welcomed the US’s move. Reflecting on this notification, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said,”India welcomes this notification. It underlines also quite strongly that both India and the US face threat of terrorism.”
10.55 pm: Hours before the first meeting Modi and Trump, the US State Department has designated Syed Salahuddin, the head of Kashmiri militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen as a specially designated global terrorist.
10.41 pm: MEA presser is currently underway ahead of Modi-Trump meet.
9:25 pm: I think US has come to terms with reality that Pakistan’s and America’s policies, especially in relation to terrorist groups don’t coincide: Haqqani
9:15 pm: I think President Trump and PM Modi will probably lay foundations of much stronger India US partnership: Former Pakistan envoy to US, Husain Haqqani
9:10 pm: PM Narendra Modi meets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington DC. (ANI photo)
8:55 pm: There’s an inherent tension between America first and Make in India. Trump wants to keep jobs in US, Modi wants American, Western companies to go to India. There is still scope for cooperation. India US relation is invested with so much goodwill, ANI quotes Michael Kugelman, South Asia senior associate Wilson Center.
US: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Washington, D.C. pic.twitter.com/U4bCBR6WoT
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 26, 2017