Modi invites Trump, his family to India

Modi invites Trump, his family to India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit the U.S. much earlier, but it had to be postponed due to the state assembly elections, President Donald Trump has said.

India has been severely critical of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the pet project of Chinese President Xi Jinping, as the Dollars 50 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which is part of the BRI, passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

"We┬┤re believers, giving the people. the opportunity to hear directly from their elected officials and for us to hear directly from them", said Trump.

Prime Minister Mr. Modi will also address the Indian diaspora in the country. Commenting on the signature slogan of Trump's election campaign, Modi said that as his vision for a new India and President Trump's vision for Making America Great Again are very similar, it will take the two nation's cooperation to new heights.

India has been protesting the CPEC vehemently and had abstained from the Beld and Road Forum held in Beijing last month to highlight its concerns over the project. Both America and India have invested in rebuilding Afghanistan's civil society and played a role in its security, a point that will also require increased communication between the USA and India.

Trump thanked India for purchasing United States military equipment.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump today agreed to strengthen the Indo-US economic partnership in a way that results in a win-win for the two major economies, while amicably working on resolving differences.

"We consider the United States of America as our primary partner for India's social and economic transformation", Modi said.

Trump said he was keen to work with Modi on creating a "fair and reciprocal" trade relationship between the two nations and called for the removal of "barriers" for the export of U.S. goods into Indian markets. After the meeting the State Department announced that it was stopping the sanction on a senior figure in the Kashmiri separatist group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

The Prime Minister said that trade; commerce and investment are the key areas of cooperation between the two sides.

A proposed overhaul of H-1B visas - used by thousands of Indian software engineers to work in the United States - has caused concern in New Delhi.

Regional security did feature in the talks, including on Afghanistan, as Washington considers deploying up to 5,000 extra troops to help local forces fighting insurgent groups.

The White House said the USA and India, both signatories to the World Trade Organisation's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) are working together to implement the TFA's provisions and help lower the cost of trade for both the countries. "...and we will sign them".

"I am thrilled to salute you, Prime Minister Modi, and the Indian people for all that you are accomplishing together".