Modi Trump meet: After concluding a successful visit to the United States yesterday, PM Narendra Modi has come back to India. His visit has been welcomed by the US State Department which released a statement today that said ‘we thank Prime Minister Modi for coming to Washington’. President Donald Trump was all-praise for PM Modi and yesterday said, the “relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger and has never been better.” State Department also revealed that Secretary Tillerson and PM Modi talked about ways to further strengthen cooperation particularly in counter terrorism, defence and trade.
Tillerson had yesterday called on PM Modi and discussed ways to boost Indo-US strategic ties. Tillerson met Modi at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental, where the prime minister was staying. Earlier, US Defence Secretary James Mattis had also called on Modi. A State Department spokesperson had said, “The Secretary 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.”. The two agreed that the two countries have a deep and growing strategic partnership and hope to work more closely on regional and global issues, the official had said.
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PM Modi’s first-ever meeting with US President Trump saw a number of handshakes, hugs, and broad smiles from his hosts. Significantly, when US President met Prime Minister Modi, in his initial comments in front of gathered photographers inside the White House said, “You have done a great job; I would like to congratulate you. It’s a great honour to have PM Modi here who has been such a great PM.” Clearly impressed by the policies that PM Modi has promoted, Trump added, ”You have done a great job economically and you are doing well in so many ways, I would like to congratulate you.” PM Modi on his part referred to the immense warmth with which he was received at the White House as an honour for 125 billion Indians.