1. Narendra Modi Donald Trump meeting Live Updates: New India, Make America Great Again take centre stage as PM winds up US visit

Narendra Modi Donald Trump meeting Live Updates: New India, Make America Great Again take centre stage as PM winds up US visit

PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday held delegation-level talks with US President Donald Trump at White House, Washington, D.C.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 27, 2017 11:41 AM
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Here are the Live Updates of the Modi-Trump meet:

11:40 am: Responding to a question on H-1B visa-related issues, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said there was a discussion on cooperation in innovation and digital partnership.

11:35 am: Tiwari further said that the guardian drones, which India was supposed to buy from the US, even that has not seemed to have materialised.

11:30 am: “All that President Trump has appreciated is the order placed by a private Indian aviation company to buy 100 airplanes from the United States which only helps in creating U.S. jobs,” he said.

11:25 am: The Congress has dubbed the India-United States joint statement as ‘disappointing’ and opined that nothing has come out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit. Congress leader Manish Tewari suggested that juxtaposed to the joint statement, the remarks of both the leaders emphasised on the divergence in the relationship of both the countries rather than convergence.

11:20 am: “There is no mention of the H1B visas, which has been the singular biggest irritant in the Indo-US relationship. Even with regard to terror, there is a divergence. President Trump’s interpretation of Islamic terror is very different from the interpretation that we have of cross-border terrorism which is being sponsored by Pakistan. President Trump chose to name the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea in his remarks, but he refrained from even mentioning Pakistan,” Tewari told ANI.

11:15 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump today agreed to strengthen the Indo-US economic partnership in a way that results in a win-win for the two major economies, while amicably working on resolving differences.

11:10 am: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar cited the civil aviation market and natural gas as areas of cooperation and added that from the next year the Liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the US will start flowing to India.

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11:05 am: India appreciated the United States designation of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddinas a Specially Designated Global Terrorist as evidence of the commitment of the United States to end terror in all its forms, a joint statement issued by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald, following delegation-level talks, said.

11:00 am: The leaders committed to strengthen cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including Al-Qa’ida, ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, D-Company, and their affiliates. They resolved that India and the United States will fight together against this grave challenge to humanity.

10:55 am: In this spirit, the leaders welcomed a new consultation mechanism on domestic and international terrorist designations listing proposals, the statement added.

10:50 am: President Trump thanked India for joining the US in applying new sanctions against the North Korean regime.

10:45 am: Modi and Trump pledged to work together to counter the DPRK’s weapons of mass destruction programmes, including by holding accountable all parties that support these programmes.

10:40 am: The US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) remains the premier forum for deepening collaboration on defence co-development and co-production, it said.

10:35 am: The seven DTTI Joint Working Groups continue to discuss a range of technologies and platforms for potential co-development, including India’s participation in the Future Vertical Lift program, it added.

10:30 am: According to the White House, the United States remains a reliable provider of advanced defence articles in support of India’s military modernisation efforts. United States-sourced defence articles, including the Sea Guardian Unmanned Aerial System, Apache attack helicopters, and C-17 aircraft will further enhance the capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces and provide additional opportunities for interoperability.

10:25 am: With an eye on China and the disputes in the South China Sea, India and the US today called for freedom of navigation and resolving of territorial and maritime disputes peacefully in accordance with international law.

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10:20 am: In a late night statement, the White House said completion of these sales would increase bilateral defence trade to nearly USD 19 billion, supporting thousands of US jobs.

10:15 am: “If selected, United State offer to sell F-16 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft to India would represent the most significant defence cooperation between the US and India to date,” the White House said.

10:10 am: As global nonproliferation partners, the United States expressed strong support for India’s early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, and the Australia Group.

10:05 am: The Secret Service was prompt in addressing the security situation as Prime Minister Modi, who was in the United States on the second leg of his three-nation tour, left for Amsterdam after his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House.

10:00 am: Among the guests present at the dinner were First Lady Melania Trump, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Energy Secretary Rick Perry and National Security Adviser McMaster.

9:55 am: On the Indian side were Jaishankar, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna.

9:50 am: Trump was speaking at the formal dinner with Modi at the historic Blue Room of the White House. “You know, the prime minister was going to come here at a different time, but we worked out this time because they had elections in a section of India. “And it’s just a small section,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

9:45 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit the White House earlier this year but his trip was delayed because of state assembly elections, US President Donald Trump said.

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9:40 am: President Trump welcomed Indian contributions to promote Afghanistan’s democracy, stability, prosperity, and security. Recognising the importance of their respective strategic partnerships with Afghanistan, the leaders committed to continue close consultations and cooperation in support of Afghanistan’s future, the statement added.

9:35 am: In accord with India’s Think West policy, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi resolved to increase cooperation, enhance diplomatic consultations, and increase tangible collaboration with partners in the Middle East.

9:30 am: In accordance with the tenets outlined in the UN Charter, PM Modi and President Trump committed to a set of common principles for the Indo-Pacific region, according to which sovereignty and international law are respected and every country can prosper, the statement added.

9:25 am: The US has cleared the sale of predator Guardian drones to India, as President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged today to deepen their defence and security cooperation.

9:20 am: Earlier in his remarks to the press, Modi said there is increasing possibilities for enhancing cooperation in order to protect “our strategic interests (that) will continue to determine the dimensions of our partnership”.

9:15 am: Trump welcomed Modi’s strong support for the US to join as an Observer in the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium.

9:10 am: Noting the importance of the upcoming MALABAR naval exercise (involving the US, Japan and India), the leaders determined to expand their engagements on shared maritime objectives and to explore new exercises.

9:05 am: In Netherlands, PM Modi will have an official meeting with Dutch PM Mark Rutte, with whom he will have a discussion on global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change.

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9:00 am: PM Modi will also address the Indian diaspora in the country.

8:55 am: He will meet with CEOs of Dutch companies and “will encourage them to join the Indian growth story.” “I will also call on King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and meet Queen Maxima,” he had said in a Facebook post before leaving on his three-nation trip.

8:50 am: Meanwhile, with US exports of oil and natural gas surging, President Donald Trump says America is on the brink of becoming a net exporter of oil, gas and other resources.

8:45 am: PM Modi and Donald Trump welcomed the exchange of information on known and suspected terrorists for travel screening.

8:40 am: The leaders affirmed their support for a UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism that will advance and strengthen the framework for global collaboration and reinforce the message that no cause or grievance justifies terrorism.

8:35 am: Briefing reporters on the meeting, Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar said counter-terrorism was a major issue that was discussed between Trump and Modi during the day. On the reference to Pakistan, he said the joint statement could not have been more explicit on the issue of cross border-terrorism being perpetrated by terror groups from the neighbouring country’s soil.

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8:30 am: Prime Minister Modi, while thanking Trump for the warm welcome rendered to him, said the kind of welcome he was given, it was a welcome to the 125 crore people of India.

8:25 am: President Trump extended a warm welcome to Prime Minister Modi even as he, along with First Lady Melania, received him at the White House.

8:20 am: Trump struck upon the topic of purchase of military equipment, in reference to the recent F16 joint production deal. “Thank you for ordering equipment from the US. No one makes military equipment like the US,” he said.

8:15 am: Prime Minister Modi had sat down for delegation-level talks with Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House. During the delegation-level meeting, the two leaders touched upon various topics ranging from purchase of military equipment to the bilateral relations between the two nations.

PM departs for Netherlands, last leg of his three nation tour, after wrapping up US visit. (Image: Twitter)

8:10 am: Further citing that India’s interest lies in a strong America, Prime Minister Modi said, “My visit and our talks will mark a very important page in the history of cooperation and collaboration between the two nations. My vision of ‘New India’ and President Trump’s vision of ‘Make America Great Again’ shows convergence of ideas that will open up new avenues for people of both countries.”

8:05 am: PM Modi laid special emphasis on the growing camaraderie between India and the United States even as he addressed the media jointly with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House.

8:00 am: President Donald Trump showed PM Modi a copy of President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg address and the desk on which he wrote it. It may also be recalled that the US President took his presidential oath on Lincoln Bible, says the PM.

7:55 am: President Donald Trump said it was an honour to have invited and hosted Prime Minister Modi at the White House.

7:50 am: Prime Minister Modi also presented to Trump a wooden chest with intricate inlay pattern that is a speciality of Hoshiarpur in Punjab.

7:45 am: PM Modi presented a hamper containing a traditional, handcrafted Himachali silver bracelet, tea and honey from Kangra valley, and hand-woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh to First Lady Melania Trump.

7:40 am: The issue of this stamp, apart from honouring the memory of Lincoln, also symbolises the closeness of the ideals for which Lincoln stood and those which drove Mahatma Gandhi. Both leaders believed in the basic goodness of the common man, and in emancipation of the downtrodden.

7:35 am: US President Donald Trump gave Indian PM Modi a guided tour of his residence quarters in the White House, including Lincoln bedroom and showed him a copy of the famous Gettysburg address of the 16th President of the United States of America and the desk on which he wrote it, on Monday.

7:30 am: Prime Minister Modi presented Trump a folio containing an original commemorative postal stamp, issued by India 52 years ago in 1965, to mark the death centenary of Abraham Lincoln, sources say.

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7:25 am: Trump, who is known for his prolific and at times controversial tweets, and PM Modi are widely followed on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.

7:19 am: While Trump has 32.8 million followers on Twitter, Modi comes a close second with over 31 million followers. On Facebook, Modi has the lead over Trump, who has 23.6 million followers while the Indian leader has 41.8 million followers.

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7:14 am: President Trump has described Prime Minister Narendra Modi and himself as world leaders in social media — a reference to their multi-million strong following on online platforms — and said it has enabled them to hear directly from their citizens.

7:10 am: Trump and Modi pledged to work together to counter North Korea’s “weapons of mass destruction” programs and vowed to hold “all parties” that support these programs accountable, the White House statement said.

7:07 am: President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear and ballistic missile programs a grave threat to global peace, as per Reuters report.

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7:05 am: Earlier, President Trump had said that India is the fastest growing economy in the world and added, “We hope we will be catching up you very soon.”

7:00 am: Sending out a strong message to Pakistan, India and the US today urged the country to ensure that its territory is not used to launch cross-border terror strikes and to “expeditiously” bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.

6:55 AM: PM Narendra Modi leaves for Amsterdam

6.21 am: Watch Foreign Secretary, S Jaishankar addressing the media conference after PM Narendra Modi concluded his meeting with US President Donald Trump and departed from White House.

6.10 am: Yes, President Donald Trump has accepted PM Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit India, don’t have more details on this, says S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary during his interaction with reporters here.

6.05 am: People do realise that Indian-American community has played a important role in building the relationship between the two nations: MEA

6.00 am: Jaishankar further said “We called on Pakistan to expeditiously bring to justice perpetrators of 26/11 attacks, Pathankot and other cross border attacks.”

5.55 am: During the MEA media briefing, Jaishankar said that both the leaders have emphasised the importance of free and fair trade.

5.50 am: “We have called upon Pakistan to not let its territory be used for terror activities. PM Narendra Modi had also mentioned the Pathankot attacks during the talks, ANI quoted MEA saying further.

5.40 am: “Terrorism was identified as a key challenge. Discussions also held on NSG and UNSC: S Jaishankar,Foreign Secretary,” Jaishankar told reporters here.

5.30 am: After PM Modi left the White House, S Jaishankar,Foreign Secretary, during the MEA meeting said, “The meeting was very cordial, focused and open, there was a great degree of ease.”

5.15 am: The meet between PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump has been concluded with a final hug.

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5.10 am: While speaking, Trump had said he sees a need for more balance in the U.S.-India trade relationship in keeping with his campaign promise to expand American exports and create more jobs at home.

5.00 am: Reuters reports that last year the US trade deficit with India neared $31 billion. Trump said he would like a trading relationship that is “fair and reciprocal.”

4.55 am: “It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into your markets and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country,” Trump had told Modi earlier.

4.50 am: “The security partnership between the US and India is incredibly important. Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical islamic terrorism,” Trump had said earlier.

4.43 am: “Hand-woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh were also presented to FLOTUS,” tweets PM Modi.

4.34 am: “President Trump gave PM @narendramodi a guided tour of President’s residence quarters in White House including Lincoln bedroom,” tweets PM Modi

4.25 am: “President Donald Trump showed PM Narendra Modi a copy of President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg address and the desk on which he wrote it,” PM Modi

4.14 am: “It may also be recalled that POTUS took his presidential oath on Lincoln Bible,” tweets Modi.

4.05 am: The Prime Minister also presented to the President a wooden chest with intricate inlay pattern that is a specialty of Hoshiarpur in Punjab.

4.00 am:Both President Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi led from the front, with indomitable courage against the forces of reaction and outmoded beliefs.

3.55 am: Both leaders believed in the basic goodness of the common citizen, and in emancipation of the downtrodden.

3.50 am: The stamp had been issued in 1965 to mark the death centenary of President Abraham Lincoln.

3.45 am: PM presented @POTUS a folio containing an original commemorative postal stamp that had been issued by India in 1965.

3.40 am: PM Narendra Modi now at dinner hosted by POTUS after reception hosted by the First Lady, terms it as honour for all the people of India

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3.40 am: @POTUS at Press Statement following talks: The future of our partnership has never looked brighter

3.35 am: We discussed the problems arising due to terrorism and radicalisation: PM Narendra Modi

3.30 am: We agreed to work closely on boosting maritime trade and cooperation: PM Narendra Modi

3.25 am: In just two weeks you will begin to implement largest tax overhaul in your country’s history, we are doing that also by the way: President Trump

3.20 am: My visit to the US and the talks I held today is an important page in the history of India-US relationship. The talks have been very significant, says PM Modi

3.18 am: We discussed the problems arising due to terrorism and radicalisation: PM

3.17 am: Trade, commerce and investment are imp areas. Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas we are looking at: PM

3.16 am: We agreed to work closely on boosting maritime trade and cooperation: PM

3.15 am: India is committed to peace in Afghanistan, rebuilding that country is our top priority: PM Modi

3.14 am: I laud your commitment towards strong India-USA bilateral relations: PM

3.13 am: Trade, commerce and investment are key areas. Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas were are actively looking at: PM

3.12 am: Watch | PM Narendra Modi, President Donald Trump hug each other at White House

3.11 am: I would like to thank President Trump for his kind words about India: PM

3.09 am: Our talks today are an important moment in the cooperation between our nations. They have been very crucial talks: PM

3.08 am: Both countries are global engines of growth: PM Modi

3.06 am: It’s a great honor to welcome leader of the world’s largest democracy to the White House: President Trump

3.04 am: You have a big vision for improving infrastructure and fighting corruption: President Trump to PM Modi

3.02 am: I have always had a deep admiration for your country and your people, the rich culture and traditions: President Trump to PM Modi

3.01 am: Indo-US relationship have never been stronger and better, salute you Modi, POTUS tells PM

3.00 am: Great honour to welcome leader of the world’s largest economy: Donald Trump

2.58 am: PM Narendra Modi, President Donald Trump will arrive at Rose Gardens, White House at any moment. No questions will be taken.

2.50 am: PM Narendra Modi, President Donald Trump will arrive at Rose Gardens, White House at any moment. No questions will be taken.

2.45 am : Stage is set for PM Modi & President Trump to address from Rose Gardens, White House

2.40 am: PM Narendra Modi and Donald Trump’s joint statement will begin shortly.

2.35 am: PM Modi met US President Trump at the Oval room in the White House, said “He (PM Modi) has done a great job, economically”

2.30 am: The first handshake! President @realDonaldTrump & First Lady greet PM @narendramodi at the doorstep of the @WhiteHouse

2.25 am: Expanding vistas for a global strategic partner’p. PM @narendramodi & Prez @realDonaldTrump at tete-a-tete before the delegation level talks

2.20 am: Melania Trump tweets: Welcome to the White House Prime Minister Modi!

2.10 am: The power picture: PM Narendra Modi shakes hand with United State President Donald Trump

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2.05 am: You are the world’s oldest democracy, while we are the world’s largest democracy: PM Modi during delegation talks with USA

2.00 am: Thank you for ordering equipment from US; no one makes military equipment like the US: President Trump during delegation level talks with India

1.55 am: Economically, India is doing very well; it is an honour to receive “such a great Prime Minister”, says Donald Trump

1.50 am: Congressman Frank Pallone: Glad to see Prime Minister Modi visiting Washington to maintain strong ties between the US & India.

1.45 am: PM Narendra Modi, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump walking in corridor of White House.

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1.40 am: PM Narendra Modi meets President Donald Trump at the Oval room in the White House.

1.37 am: Modi called the “immense warmth” by the White House as an honour for 125 billion Indians. “The way I have been welcomed by the President and the First Lady is the honour for 125 billion Indians,” Modi said at the White House. “I remember very well when he (Trump) was not even the President and he visited India in 2014 and when media asked him about me, he was full of very warm remarks and observations about me. I am still very grateful,” Modi said before his meeting with President Trump. Earlier Trump tweeted about the arrival of Modi and called him “a true friend”. Hours before the Modi-Trump meet, the US on Monday also declared the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist.

1.32 pm: You have done a great job, I would like to congratulate you: Donald Trump to PM Modi

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1.29 pm: Watch | US President Trump meets PM Narendra Modi

1.25 am: PM Modi: This is a welcome not only for me but also for the 1.25 billion Indians

1.22 am: I am greatful for the respect shown to me and the welcome given by President Trump and the US administration

1.20 am: PM Modi: Even before becoming the President of America, Donald Trump had good words for me

1.15 am: Watch Video: PM Narendra Modi meets Donald Trump

1.10 am: PM Narendra Modi arrives at White House. President Donald Trump, his wife Melania Trump welcome him.

01.05 am: “Welcome back to DC, @narendramodi! Excited by opportunities for US & India to work together to achieve common goals. #ModiInUS,” tweeted Congressman Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip in the US House of Representatives.

01.00 am: “I welcome Indian PM @NarendraModi to the United States and reaffirm the unbreakable bonds between our two nations,” Senator Kamala Harris said in a tweet earlier.

00.55 am: “I welcome India’s PM @narendramodi back to the US. I hope our friendship continues to grow,” said Congressman Eliot Engel in a tweet.

00.53 am: PM Narendra Modi to arrive at the White House shortly, tweeted Indian Embassy US.

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00.50 am: “Glad to see Prime Minister #Modi visiting Washington to maintain strong ties between the US & #India,” Congressman Frank Pallone, a former chairman of Congressional caucus on India and Indian Americans, said.

00.45 am : The Republican Senator from Florida is a strong supporter of relationship between the two countries.

00.40 am: “I welcome Indian PM Modi to the US. Strong US-India ties are in our long-term interest, but religious freedom must also remain a priority,” Senator Marco Rubio tweeted.

00.35 am: Earlier in the day, influential US lawmakers welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US and reiterated their commitment to strengthening the India-US ties.

00.30 pm: Jonah Blank further lamented that “one of the things that is troublesome that Pakistan is the unseen figure in the room during an India and US conversation”.

00.23 pm: Jonah Blank, however, admitted that “there is going to be a certain tension between the US view that at the end of the day you need Pakistan in order to achieve a stable Afghanistan and the safe departure of the US fighting forces”.

00.16 pm: “China is a traditional strategic rival of India, and moreover recently a strategic rival of the United States. India and the United States have recognised for some years now that there are strategic interests with respect to China are actually very similar. They (India and the US) don’t like to talk about it publicly but I think that is the realty,” the security expert said.

00.10 pm: Salahuddin, who was banned by US today, is the senior leader of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen. In September, 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces.”

00.05 am: Without naming China, Modi and Mattis emphasised the need for adhering to the international laws, freedom of navigation, air travel and communication.

00.03 am: MEA India addresses media in Washington on Modi-Trump meet

11.59 pm: In the discussions, there was also a veiled reference to the South China Sea over which China is laying an absolute claim.

11.58 pm: They discussed how the Indo-US relations could be developed into an upward projectile, Baglay said.

11.56 pm: The issue of terrorism figured in Modi’s meeting with Mattis too, along with the situation in Afghanistan.

11.51 pm: The prime minister emphasised that India wants good relations with all countries, including its neighbours. He said India wants its neighbours to progress like India under his mantra of ‘sabka sath, sabka vikas’ (cooperation of all, development of all), the spokesman said.

11.47 pm: Modi and Tillerson discussed how the two countries can cooperate in countering the challenge, Baglay said, adding they deliberated on the broad direction in this context.

11.43 PM: Jonah Blank, senior political scientist: This serves that in eyes of US, Syed Salahuddin is not merely terrorist active against India but globally

11.38 PM: Jonah Blank, senior political scientist: This would have had more impact if it had been issued a long time back, particularly when he was leading terrorist movement in Kashmir

11.33 pm: PM Modi during his meeting with US Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson discussed the nations’ commitments to advancements and a hard look at terror. During the meeting, there was strong focus on terrorism and counter terrorism.’

11.31 pm: Gopal Baglay, official spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA): It was clear that given the challenges that the two countries have faced and continue to face due to this global menace of terrorism. The discussion was held on the line that how the two sides have cooperated in countering terrorism.

Read | Narendra Modi US visit: Syed Salahuddin designated global terrorist by US

11.27 pm: “India welcomes this notification. It underlines also quite strongly that both India and the US face threat of terrorism,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

11.23 pm: “Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior Hizbul Mujahideen leader, (the group) has claimed responsibility for several attacks including the April 2014 explosives attack in Jammu and Kashmir which injured 17 people,” the statement said.

11.20 pm: As a consequence of Salahuddin’s designation, US citizens are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked.

11.15 pm: A State Department statement said that in September 2016, Salahuddin had vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers and vowed to turn the Kashmir Valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces”.

11.11 pm: Check ou US State Department’s Tweet: State Dept designates senior leader of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Mohammad Yusuf Shah, AKA Syed Salahuddin, as SDGT

11.05 pm: In general,it does vindicate India’s long standing position that cross border terrorism has been behind disturbances created in Kashmir: MEA

Read | Narendra Modi US visit: Gopal Baglay reveals, PM, US Defence Secretary James Mattis discussed global terror

10.56 pm: Notification has just come, we will look at that, will see what specific provisions are: MEA on S Salahuddin designated as Global Terrorist

10.43 pm: Department of State has designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as (AKA) Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a consequence of this designation, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked.

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10.41 pm: Big win for India, US designates Syed Slauddin as global terrorist

10.38 pm: Secratary Mattis Read PM Narendra Modi’s Op-ed in Wall Street General: MEA Gopal Bagley.

10: 34 pm: PM Modi discussed Global terrorism with with James Mattis: MEA Gopal Bagley.

10. 35 pm: Narendra Modi US visit: In one of the biggest decisions by the Trump adminsitration today, SYed Salahuddin has been designated as a global terrorist

10.19 pm:  Meanwhile, PTI reports that five American Senators have asked US President Donald Trump to use his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an opportunity to discuss India’s “discriminatory” policies against foreign religious and humanitarian organisations. “Discriminating against foreign organisations that help the citizens of India is counterproductive, and it needs to change. I ask that President Trump address this serious issue with Prime Minister Modi during his upcoming trip to Washington,” Senator John Kennedy said in a statement.

10.14 pm: PTI reports that the deal on the 22 Guardian worth between USD two to three billion has not been formally announced, it is considered to be a “game changer” for the US-India relations as it operationalises the status of “major defence partner”.

10.03 pm : Ministry of External Affairs tweets:

9.59 pm: “The Secretary (Tillerson) noted the Prime Minister’s visit will strengthen ties between the United States and India and advance our common interest in fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and prosperity, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,” a State Department spokesperson had said.

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9.52 pm: Meanwhile, Former Pakistan envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani has said, “I think President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will probably lay foundations of a much stronger India and US partnership.”

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9.41 pm: Watch | US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Washington DC

9.37 pm: PMO India Tweets: Mr. Rex Tillerson, @StateDept Secretary held discussions with PM Narendra Modi.

9.20 pm: US Secretary of State calls on PM Modi: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed ways to boost Indo-US strategic ties ahead of the Indian leader’s first meeting with President Donald Trump. Tillerson met Modi at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental, where the Indian prime minister is staying. Earlier, US Defence Secretary James Mattis had also called on Modi. Ahead of Modi’s visit to Washington, Tillerson had said that the trip would strengthen the Indo-US relationship and help advance the common interest in fighting terrorism and promoting economic growth.

9.15 pm: The Guardian drones were requested by Indian Navy, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platform last year. The Guardian has cutting edge technologies that do not do not exist in the current Indian Navy arsenal.

9.10 pm: The designation of India being a “major defence partner” was decided by the previous Obama Administration, and formally approved by the Congress.     According to General Atomics, the Predator Guardian UAV, a variant of the Predator B, can be used for wide-area, long-endurance maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

9.05 pm: PTI reports that Mattis met Modi at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental, where the Indian prime minister is staying. Senior Indian officials, including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval were present at the meeting. While the deal on the 22 Guardian worth between USD two to three billion has not been formally announced, it is considered to be a “game changer” for the US-India relations as it operationalises the status of “major defence partner”.

8.55 pm: PM Modi meets  US Defence Secretary James Mattis:  US Defence Secretary James Mattis called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here today amid reports that America will sell 22 Guardian drones to India to bolster its surveillance and intelligence gathering capabilities. The meeting between Mattis and Prime Minister Modi came ahead of the latter’s maiden meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House.  Mattis met Modi at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental, where the Indian prime minister is staying.

8.40 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump will meet at the Oval Office of the White House for 20-minutes between 3.50 p.m. and  4.10 p.m. (EST) (that is tentatively between 1.20 a.m. and 1.40 a.m.IST on Tuesday June 27). As per an official advisory issued, this 20-minute meeting will be followed by an hour-long delegation-level talks between the two sides from 4.10 p.m. to 5.10 p.m. (EST) (i.e. 1.40 a.m. and 2.40 a.m. IST on Tuesday June 27) in the Cabinet Room of the White House.

8.30 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump proceed to the Rose Garden to deliver a joint opening statements to the media between 5.10 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. (EST) (i.e. 2.40 a.m. and 3 a.m. IST on Tuesday June 27).

8.20 pm: After the joint statements to the media,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump and their respective delegations will attend a cocktail reception hosted by Vice President Mike Pence on the State Floor of the White House between 5.30 p.m. and 6 p.m. (EST) (i.e. 3 a.m. and 3.30 a.m. IST on Tuesday June 27). This will be followed by a dinner hosted by President Trump for the Indian Prime Minister and his delegation at the same venue (State Floor) between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. (EST) (i.e. 3.30 a.m. to 5.30 a.m. IST on Tuesday June 27). After the dinner, Prime Minister Modi will leave for his hotel.

PM Narendra Modi Donald Trump meeting Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday held delegation-level talks with US President Donald Trump at White House, Washington, D.C. The two leaders struck a common note on terrorism and pledged to strengthen efforts to fight the menace. The fight against terrorism is our main priority, Modi said after talks with the US president. “We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this. Fight against terrorism and their safe havens is an important part of our cooperation,” Modi said. Ahead of his meeting with Trump, PM Modi held talks with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence James Mattis. During his meeting with Tillerson, Modi defined the Indo-US ties as the “defining partnership” and said it has a global importance. The prime minister added that the whole world was looking at the partnership, according to External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay. The issue of terrorism figured in Modi’s meeting with Defence Secretary Mattis too, along with the situation in Afghanistan. PM and Mattis discussed how the Indo-US relations could be developed into an upward projectile. Meanwhile, US announced its decision to designated Syed Salahuddin, the head of Kashmiri militant group Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, as a specially designated global terrorist. The two leaders will issue a joint press statement at around 2.45 am, various media reports said. PM Modi and President Trump are expected to speak on various issues of mutual interest ranging from terrorism, environment, to trade ties between the two nations.

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    sanki46@gmail.com
    Jun 28, 2017 at 12:51 am
    Mody's visit has obviously strengthened the ties with US.Body language vouchsafes.
    Reply

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