Narendra Modi visit to US: Prime Minister Modi will make his first visit to the United States of America after Donald Trump took over at the White House. The meeting between Modi and Trump, which will be held on June 26 in the White House will be their first. Officials on Saturday told the India Express that they are cautiously optimistic about the outcome of the meeting. An official told IE that the two sides are not expected to issue a joint communique during their maiden meeting. A government source told the Indian Express that ”The two leaders would mostly be getting to know each other during the bilateral meeting. This meeting will lay the foundation for the broadening of understanding between the leaders”.
The source added that no declaration is expected during the meeting, the source told the Indian Express, ”The US has not put a team in place for negotiations, no declaration is expected during the meet”. The source went on to add that the two leaders were very unlikely to discuss contentious issues such as H1-B visa and the Paris Climate Agreement. Indian Express has learnt through its sources that ”Trump administration has taken a stand on Paris Agreement and India knows that the issue does not affect the bilateral relationship between the two countries. The two leaders are likely to discuss trade access as this is a matter of interest for both the nations”, according to an Indian Express report.
PTI quoted Mukesh Aghi the president of US, India Business Council (USIBC) as saying ”The meeting will be a win-win situation for both nations”. A South Block official told the Indian Express that ”There is no format for bilateral meetings at that level. Discussion between the PM and President Trump will depend upon the flow of conversation”.