Priorities and nature of ties with India, Pak different: White House

Geneva Matthews
June 25, 2017

Earlier, India and Portugal announced a four million euros joint fund to bolster research in science and technology as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held in-depth talks with his Portuguese counterpart on cooperation in areas like counter-terrorism, space and climate studies.

"In India, Trump has a natural partner, and in Modi, he has a leader he can truly work with", Asia Society Policy Institute Assistant Director Anubhav Gupta said on the eve of Modi's visit to the United States for his first bilateral meeting with Trump. Modi has already left for Portugal and will arrive at the USA on Saturday evening. Modi will then continue on to Washington where he will meet with Trump on Monday.

The highlight of Modi's four-day three-nation visit will be the United States leg as Modi will be meeting president Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington.

Thanking Portugal for its consistent support for India's permanent membership of United Nations, Prime Minister Modi stressed on the strong bilateral partnership in the global arena.

Both are fairly focused on dealmaking, Kumar said, Trump as a businessman and Modi from his time as chief minister of the business-friendly Indian state of Gujarat. Notably, this will be the first dinner by the Trump administration for a visiting foreign leader.

To be sure, Trump and Modi have never met before, but there's reason to believe that the president might find a friend in the prime minister.

Trump signed an executive order in April for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme to stop "visa abuses". The two sides are expected to enhance collaboration on screening for potential terrorists, sharing of databases and monitoring the internet.

The official recalled Trump's declaration during the campaign in front of a large Indian American rally that if he were elected, India would have a "true" friend in the White House. There may different systems that we are giving to Pakistan. "You have effortlessly gelled with the culture of the country you have been", he said.

"Indian films are being subtitled in Portuguese and a Hindi-Portuguese dictionary is being developed for our mutual benefit", he said.

Last year, India submitted a request for 22 Guardian MQ-9B unmanned aircraft for maritime surveillance as part of a deal worth about $2 billion. We see India's role and influence growing.

A senior White House official said Friday that the interested in providing India the kind of high technology it provides to its closest allies and defense partners.

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