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Trump to welcome India's prime minister to White House

Trump to welcome India's prime minister to White House

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had earlier raised the H-1B visa issue with US Commerce Secretary during his visit to the US in April and discussed the contribution of skilled Indian professionals to the US economy.

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.

"This confidence stems from the strength of our shared values and the stability of our systems", the Indian leader wrote.

"A new layer in our engagement is our partnership for global good", the prime minister said.

The report said that Trump has received detailed briefings on India and relations between the two countries including the growing defence cooperation.

On whether the contentious H-1B visa issue would come up for discussion during the meeting, a senior administration official said it was unlikely to be raised from the USA side but if raised by the Indian side, the Americans were ready for it.

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That decision - a contrast with high-profile visits from other leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - may reflect a White House effort to avoid a flurry of questions over the probe into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which has dogged Trump's young administration.

Trump, who campaigned on an "America First" platform, has been troubled by the growing United States trade deficit with India.

"We are already working together to address the existing and emerging strategic and security challenges that affect both our nations - in Afghanistan, West Asia, the large maritime space of the Indo-Pacific, the new and unanticipated threats in cyberspace".

Ahead of Modi's visit to the USA, the latter cleared the sale of 22 predator Guardian drones, which is billed as a force multiplier that will boost the Indian Navy's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.

China says almost the entire South China Sea falls within its territory, with half a dozen other countries like Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam maintaining partially overlapping claims.

The strategic South China Sea is rich in energy reserves, fishery resources and is a busy shipping route.

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The India-US bilateral trade stands at almost Dollars 115.

The transformation of India presents abundant commercial and investment opportunities for American businesses, the prime minister said while citing the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax on July 1.

The planned 100 smart cities, the massive modernisation of ports, airports, and road and rail networks, and the construction of affordable housing for all by 2022, are not just promises of great urban renewal within India but also of new employment opportunities for the two societies. -Indian relations since Trump took office on January 20 add gravity to the meeting."The meeting will provide more clarity on whether the past six months have been Act 1 in a surprising friendship or Round 1 of a protracted slugging match", he said.

"Only through concrete actions that remove actual barriers to trade and investment can the US-India economic relationship flourish", according to a letter to Trump signed by House Ways and Means committee chairman Kevin Brady, the ranking Democrat on the committee Richard Neal, senate finance committee chairman Orrin Hatch, and the panel's top Democrat Ron Wyden.

Both sides want better market access.

He further added, "He (Trump) has through me, as well on his own, enough people (to brief him). he knows Prime Minister Modi really well".

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Or, better still, the two might connect on a personal level, possibly preventing further public outbursts of derision from Trump. While Trump likes to set the tone with a very firm handshake, the barrel-chested Indian leader breaks the ice with bear hugs.


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