PM Modi meets President Trump: India, US vow to defeat scourge of terrorism

"We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this. Fight against terrorism and their safe havens is an important part of our cooperation," PM Modi said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 27, 2017 6:46 am
pm modi, modi US visit, modi-trump meet, donald trump, white house, terrorism, bilateral, india-us relations, india news, indian express Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a joint news conference with U.S. President Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. (REUTERS Photo)

Asserting that India and USA are the “global engines of growth”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said eliminating the menace of terrorism is among the topmost priorities for both the democratic nations. Addressing a joint presser with US President Donald Trump at Rose Garden in the White House, the Prime Minister stated his discussions with Trump was an important page in the history of India-US relationship. “We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this. Fight against terrorism and their safe havens is an important part of our cooperation,” Modi said.

His statement came after both India and US held delegation level talks in the cabinet room at the White House. Both leaders’ strong assertion of uprooting the scourge of terrorism assumes significance as US declared Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist just hours before Modi-Trump meeting.

PM Modi also said they explored the ways to push the bilateral strategic ties and insisted that talks have been very significant in every aspect. “Trade, commerce and investment are key areas. Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas we are actively looking at,” he pointed out. He said both nations have agreed to work closely on boosting maritime trade and cooperation.

narendra modi, donald trump, white house, modi in us, modi trip to us, modi trump meeting, modi us live updates, indian express U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and first lady Melania Trump welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS

On the defence front, Modi said, “Peace, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region is our focus.” He also stressed that both nations’ growing security and defense co-operation was very important. He pointed out that increasing instability in Afghanistan was a cause of concern and said India were having close consultation, communication and coordination with the US in this regard.

Modi also invited US President Trump and his family to visit India. Prior to the meet, Modi was accorded a warm welcome with the US President and the first lady Melania coming out of the White House to receive him. At the White House portico, they exchanged pleasantries and had a brief interaction before going inside for the summit meeting.

Striking a similar note on terrorism, Trump said both nations are “determined” to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. “The security partnership between the US and India is incredibly important. Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical islamic terrorism,” Trump said.

Trump also said India has  a true friend in the White House and insisted “our ties have never been stronger and better.”

With inputs from agencies

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  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jun 27, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    PM Modi's visits to Germany , Russia and US in the recent past during April to June 2017 have fetched something or the other of great significance for the nation. This scenario is corresponding to this Vedic astrology writer's predictions for India in article " 2017 - an opportune year for India with major worrisome concerns in February- March and August-September" issued widely to Indian news media last year in October and November 2016. It was predicted that a period of four months from April to July in 2017 looks promising and opportune in certain respects for India.
    1. M
      Jun 27, 2017 at 8:04 am
      Terrorists talking about ending terrorism ?
      1. A
        Jun 27, 2017 at 7:55 am
        1. It is good that both India and USA have declared eliminating menace of terrorism is among topmost priorities of both India and USA. But is that good enough? 2. Incidentally, yesterday there was a news report about USA's decision to designate Syed hauddin, head of Kashmir militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, as a global terrorist. 3. The whole world, USA, Canada, and more particularly all countries who are members of the European Union, are now well aware of Pakistan’s abatement, and even support to, activities of different terror groups who can operate from Pakistan with immunity. Unfortunately USA takes its sweet time to do something when it is related to Pakistan, as Pakistan was its ally earlier when USA was fighting USSR in Afghanistan. 4. I feel that EU countries and USA have to show political will to impose sanctions on Pakistan so that Pakistan will be compelled to take stern steps against terror outfits like LeT, JeM, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Pakistani Taliban.
        1. M
          Jun 27, 2017 at 7:40 am
          May the Force be with you, Modi Sir ! Bharat needs you for many many years. Stay healthy. God Bless you!
          1. J
            Jun 27, 2017 at 7:10 am
            Will Chaiwala ask Trump to ensure Gau Matas r nt killed in America??? After all mother is a mother or a mata in in india is "mata dhansak "in america a great Parsi dish??
            1. B
              Jun 27, 2017 at 7:27 am
              no this feku would not dare to ask this question to Trump otherwise Trump would ban all his overseas trips,which infact would be good for indian public as it is costing indian tax payers in millions,feku is actually considering impoertin american go mutra for his fellow gau rakshaks back home and trump would be very happy to make adeal with this nalayak feku
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