C Times, 26th June 2017, Agartala
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds his first meeting with US President Donald Trump today. This will first time Trump would be hosting an international guest for a working dinner.
All eyes will be on the two world leaders as they sit and discuss a host of critical issues. From cyber security to counter-terrorism, Narendra Modi is likely to take up for discussion issues of significant interest to India and the US.
In his fifth visit to the United States as the PM, Narendra Modi met CEOs of top American companies on Sunday and asked them to invest in India. He discussed the launch of Goods and Services Tax (GST) with the CEOs.
A look at five issues that PM Narendra Modi is likely to take up with US President Donald Trump.
COUNTER-TERRORISM is both New Delhi and Washington have been partners in the fight against global terrorism. Under Donald Trump, the US is seen to be hardening its stance on Pakistan and terrorism.
CLIMATE CHANGE is the Trump-Modi meeting comes in the backdrop of the US pulling out of the Paris climate accord and alleging that the deal was not tough on India and China.
H-1B VISA is members of the Indian community in the United States want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the issue of H-1B visas with Donald Trump.
CHINA AND OBOR are given both India and US’s not-so-friendly ties with China, Beijing’s growing influence in Asia could be a point of discussion between Narendra Modi and Donald Trump.
DEFENCE PARTNERSHIP is the India-US bilateral trade stands at nearly USD 115 billion. Defence and strategic tie-ups could be on Modi-Trump’s table as the two meet today.
PM Modi will be the first international guest that President Trump would be hosting a working dinner.
The buildup to PM Narendra Modi’s US tour witnessed Trump referring him as a ‘true friend’.
“Look forward to welcoming India’s PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!” Trump posted on his official Twitter handle.
Moments later PM Modi returned the gesture.
PM Modi thanked President Trump for the ‘warm personal welcome’ and said he was ‘greatly’ looking to the meeting. “Thank you @POTUS for the warm personal welcome. Greatly look forward to my meeting and discussions with you @realDonaldTrump,” the PM tweeted.