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India And US Call On Pakistan To Curb Terrorism

India And US Call On Pakistan To Curb Terrorism

Washington, Jun 28 An American trade body has urged President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to quickly review the bilateral trade relationship and take "concrete actions" to meet the goals set by them during their maiden meeting.

"I believe she has accepted", Mr Trump said after PM Modi also extended an invitation to the President and his family to visit India.

Addressing Trump directly, Modi offered his "deep appreciation" for the President's "strong commitment to the enhancement of our bilateral relations".

Trump thanked Modi for his purchases of military equipment during a meeting in the White House's Cabinet Room.

Reiterating India's recognition by the USA as a "Major Defence Partner", both sides made a decision to work together on advanced defense equipment and technology.

India and the Netherlands are on the same page on several global issues, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Tuesday.

Modi also specially invited Trump's daughter Ivanka to lead the United States delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India later this year.

"I shook hands but I grabbed him and hugged him because that's the way we feel", Trump said at a joint news conference, describing the Abe embrace.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday thanked The Netherlands for helping India get membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) previous year.




Pakistan, especially, has been singled out for admonition with the joint statement calling on Pakistan "to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries" and also to "expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators" of terror attacks on Mumbai, Pathankot and others, putting the onus on cessation of terrorism squarely on the shoulders of Pakistan. "In just two weeks, you will begin to implement the largest tax overhaul in your country's history - we're doing that also, by the way - creating great new opportunities for your citizens", Trump said. "We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism", he said.

Around 4,000 people of Indian origin would be attending an address by Modi in the evening of July 5 in Tel Aviv.

And when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sedan pulled into the West Wing in February, Trump greeted Abe with a hug, a display of public affection rarely seen among leaders in Japan.

Both men are prolific users of social media, something Trump joked about with his guest. During his stay here, the Prime Minister will hold talks with his counterpart Mark Rutte and he will also call on King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.

There was also no mention of the H-1B visa issue in the Indo-US joint statement issued after the two leaders met.

"If the chemistry is good, everything else gets sorted", said an Indian official. "India's interests lie in a strong, and prosperous, and successful America", said Modi during their press briefing.

No issue on the table may have be more challenging than how the United States treats India like a "major defense partner" - a designation the Obama administration gave the country in 2016 - without angering neighboring Pakistan.

They stress the future importance of the huge Indian market to USA firms and major growth in areas such as aviation which will offer significant opportunities for United States manufacturers.