Trump and Indian Prime Minister Modi Move to Bridge Divisions

from The Wall Street Journal,

During their first meeting, leaders pledge to expand cooperation on combating terrorism, stabilizing Afghanistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after their first meeting on Monday that they agreed to expand cooperation between their two countries on combating terrorism, stabilizing Afghanistan and overcoming differences on trade. Mr. Trump said the U.S. and India are close to completing a natural-gas deal, though he quipped that it hadn’t been signed yet because he is “trying to get the price up a little bit.” He also called on India to remove barriers to U.S. exports to make way for “fair and reciprocal” trade between the two countries. “The future of our partnership has never looked brighter,” Mr. Trump said in a statement delivered standing alongside Mr. Modi in the Rose Garden at the White House. Mr. Modi invited Mr. Trump to visit India with his family and said his economic vision for his country is compatible with the president’s campaign-slogan promise to “Make America Great Again.” He said India’s development is in America’s interest. “Be assured that in this joint journey of our two nations towards development, growth and prosperity, I will remain a driven, determined, and decisive partner.” As part of closer cooperation on terrorism, he said the U.S. and India will enhance intelligence sharing.

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