Look forward to welcoming Ivanka Trump in India: PM Modi


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump are holding their first face-to-face meeting.

The camaraderie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump was on full display today as the two leaders heaped praise on each other, voiced appreciation for each other's leadership and embraced a few times at the White House.

Earlier, while delivering a joint statement at the White House's Rose Garden, Modi, standing along side Trump, said, "I would like to invite you to India, along with your family".

President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met on Monday to discuss the countries' future relationship.

Modi gave Trump a bear hug during their joint appearance before then showering praise on the United States leader.

"Working together, I truly believe our two countries can set an example for many other nations, make great strides in defeating common threats, and make great progress in unleashing fantastic prosperity and growth", Trump said.

"I look forward to working with you, Mr Prime Minister, to create jobs in our countries, to grow our economies and to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal".

Modi's visit followed his trip to the United States where he and President Donald Trump both pledged to boost their quest for economic growth to strengthen the world's two largest democracies.

"My visit and our talks today will mark a very important page in the history of the collaboration and cooperation between our two nations", Modi said. FILE - In this August 30, 2014, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe upon arrival at State Guest House in Kyoto, western Japan.

With the designation of Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist, India has sealed the narrative of the Kashmir unrest as one of being Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

Heaping praises on Prime Minister Modi, Trump said that he had been reading a lot about him and that he would want to congratulate him for the exemplary leadership he has shown, primarily, economically.

Together, the U.S. and India can help chart an optimistic path into the future, one that unleashes the power of new technology, new infrastructure and the enthusiasm and excitement of very hard-working and very dynamic people, he said.

The United States has become the leading supplier of defense equipment to India, signing contracts worth more than $15 billion since 2008.

However, the discussion around H-1B visa didn't figure during the Modi-Trump meet.

The two leaders, who held a meeting at the White House on Monday, also "called on all nations to resolve territorial and maritime disputes peacefully and in accordance with global law", the statement said.

The US president nonetheless offered ebullient thanks for Indian interest in US-made civilian aircraft and military armaments.

As reported by The Associated Press (AP), the Trump administration says it wants to provide India the kind of defence technology it does to the closest U.S. allies.

The information and broadcasting ministers comments came after Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari termed the India-US joint statement as "disappointing and old hat", lacking "new or big ideas" in the relationship between the two countries.