1. Narendra Modi-Donald Trump meet: Top issues India PM will discuss with the US President on June 26

Narendra Modi-Donald Trump meet: Top issues India PM will discuss with the US President on June 26

Modi-Trump meet: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet and hold first official discussions with US President Donald Trump on June 26

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 13, 2017 5:31 PM
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Modi-Trump meet: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet and hold first official discussions with US President Donald Trump on June 26, according to Ministry of External Affairs, India. This will be PM Modi’s first visit to the US after the inauguration of Trump administration in the US early this year. Modi-Trump meeting is coming up at a time when global politics appears to be in a flux, particularly because of Trump administration’s policies.

PM Modi will arrive in Washington DC on June 25. India’s external affairs ministry on Monday said  Modi-Trump talks will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement. “Prime Minister will hold official talks with President Trump on June 26. Their discussions will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest and consolidation of multi-dimensional strategic partnership between India and the US,” the ministry said.

On June 2, Trump jolted the world by pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord of 2015. In a speech, Trump said, “The United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord and begin negotiations to reenter either the Paris Accord or a really entirely new transaction on terms that are fair to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, its taxpayers.” Not only this, Trump also launched a tirade against India, claiming New Delhi receives “billions” of dollars in return for signing the Paris deal. “India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries,” said Trump.

Trump’s surprise attack on India over Paris Accord came on the back of the changes made to the US’ H1B Visa policy which has threatened Indian companies as well as Indian techies working in the US, or aspiring to go there. As PM Modi visits the US for a one-on-one talk with the US President, the Indian Prime Minister should talk about at least five issues to bring more clarity to the India-US relationship, which appeared to have touched a new high during ex-President Barack Obama’s rule.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Monday said, “[President Trump] looks forward to discussing the ways to strengthen our ties between US and India and advancing our common priorities, fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.”

He added, “The two leaders will look to outline a common vision for the US-India partnership that’s worthy of India’s 1.6 billion citizens,” he said.

Trump-Modi meet: Here are top five issues PM Narendra Modi is expected to discuss with President Donald Trump

Terrorism and Pakistan

India is battling Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. Trump has vowed to rid the world of “Islamic terrorism”. But when it comes to Pakistan and its open terror credentials, the US policy is not yet clear. The US has been an ally of Pakistan for decades but considering the terror threats facing the world, it is time for the US to make its stand clear on the issue, especially its role vis-a-vis terror-sponsor Pakistan.

Racial attacks on Indians in the US

Several Indians have been attacked in the US in the last few months after Trump administration came to power. PM Modi is expected to discuss with President Trump about the safety and security of Indians in the US.

Defence, geo-strategic tie-up

Considering the multilateral nature of the world today, PM Modi is expected to discuss about defence and geo-strategic tie-ups, particularly in Asia, and sign new deals with the US President.

When asked about the issues both leaders will talk about, Spicer on Monday said, “The president and the prime minister have had a number of positive phone conversations, and expect to further that discussion … whether it’s economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism, expanding our cooperation as major defence partners.”

H-1B Visa issue and future of Indian workers in the US

President Trump’s “America first” policy has put a considerable strain on Indian tech companies’ earnings in the US. The Trump administration is also looking to put a cap on the H1-B work visa, there by putting thousands of Indian engineers at risk of losing their jobs. PM Modi is expected to talk about the H-1B Visa issue with President Trump and the future of Indian workers in the US. Both leaders should come up with joint statement in this regard.

Climate change

Following Trump’s tirade against New Delhi, it is significant for PM Modi to talk about the issue with Trump and sort out differences. PM Modi should also seek a fresh US partnership to boost clean energy projects in India.

  1. Kushal Kumar
    Jun 27, 2017 at 12:16 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.
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      Vishwas Patil
      Jun 14, 2017 at 6:30 am
      Materialist and arrogant rich Trump and spiritual, humble, poor Modi - meeting between the contrasts. Modi ji has his work cut out for him. Trump seem not much interested as the meeting itself was the last priority for him. He 'obliged' India by 'granting' the meeting. Politically, US is the most unreliable and commercially exploitative ally.
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        Ashok Agrawal
        Jun 12, 2017 at 10:55 pm
        Barack Obama administration had also leaned to India on important global issues policies after a couple of years oscillations. But Trump administration has very little time to fix clarify its policies towards India on various issues. Fai , India will be forced to seek realignment with China and Russia.
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        1. Scott Wilson
          Jun 12, 2017 at 7:41 pm
          Trump has made his position on h1bs clear. Stop begging. It's undignified.
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            Vishwas Patil
            Jun 14, 2017 at 6:43 am
            H-1B visa is really not that crucial for India. Indian IT sector has shifted from labour supplier to service provider and product developer. Most of the global IT labs are in India. H-1B restrictions are actually working in favour of India. But President Trump is unlikely to understand the long term perspectives. So, India is really not that worried. There are a few thousand earning their living in US. PM Modi will sure try to protect their interest. Limited purpose. Indians in US may be a economic and social need for US in future. No more the other way round.
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            Sanjay
            Jun 12, 2017 at 7:16 pm
            Clean energy projects in India is not a U.S. responsibility neither are H1B visas. Create jobs in India by reducing regulations corruption. Your constantly changing polices interferences b politicians makes India a terrible place to do business. stop begging for H1 B visas - no other country does. Drop climate control nonsense get back to fossil fuel based energy.
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              Vishwas Patil
              Jun 14, 2017 at 6:50 am
              What gave you an idea that Modi Govt. abandons projects for environmental considerations? Or opts for costly projects for the sake environment? Coal production is all time high. Oil exploration in full swing. PM Modi's limited purpose re. H-1B visa seem protecting Indians already working there. H-1B visa restriction are working better for India. Talent retained. Most of global IT labs are in India. US need skills. If you cannot go there, they will come here. Simple. The demand is inelastic and there is hardly any local supply.
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