People-to-people relations the real foundation of Indo-US friendship: Modi

Trump: Anti-CAA protests internal matter, PM working closely with Muslim community

GN Bureau | February 25, 2020


#Delhi   #CAA   #commerce   #economy   #diaspora   #Gujarat   #Narendra Modi   #Donald Trump   #Diplomacy   #Kashmir   #Pakistan  
US president Donald Trump and prime minister Narendra Modi address the media after their talks at the Hyderabad House in Delhi Tuesday.
US president Donald Trump and prime minister Narendra Modi address the media after their talks at the Hyderabad House in Delhi Tuesday.

On the second and last day of US president Donald Trump’s India visit, prime minister Narendra Modi said the real foundation of Indo-US friendship is people-to-people relations. Trump, meanwhile, sidestepped the contentious issues of the protests against the new citizenship law, telling a joint press conference that it was India’s internal matter.

“The most important foundation of this special friendship between India and the US is the people to people relations. Whether they are professionals or students, the Indian diaspora has made the biggest contribution to the US. These ambassadors of India are not only contributing to the US economy with their talent and hard work, but also enriching the American society with their democratic values and rich culture,” Modi said.

Referring the chemistry between him and the US president, he said this was the fifth time they were meeting in the last eight months. Modi also spoke about the “unprecedented and historical” welcome given to Trump at the stadium in Motera on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, in Gujarat. “Yesterday, it was once again proven that the relations between India and the US are not only between the two governments but they are people-driven and people-centric. This relationship is among the most important partnerships of the twenty-first century,” he said.

“Today, president Trump and I have decided to take our relations to the level of a comprehensive global strategic partnership. Trump’s contribution to taking the ties to this level is invaluable,” he added.

Trump began his first India visit as president on Monday, with the citizen reception in Gujarat and an afternoon at the Taj in Agra. On Tuesday, the two sides got down to business, with bilateral and global discussions held at the Hyderabad House.

In their discussions, the prime minister told the media, the two leaders had positive talks on all aspects of the partnership including defence and security, strategic partnership in energy, technology cooperation, global connectivity, trade relations and people-to-people ties.

Trump faced several tricky questions but refused to be drawn into any controversy. On Kashmir, he said it was “obviously a big problem between India and Pakistan”, but expected the two to “work out their problem”. On one hand, he said he’d do whatever he can as a friend, he clarified that he was not going to play the role of a mediator. He said in Tuesday’s meet, the two leaders “discussed Pakistan at length” and described the Kashmir conundrum as a “big thorn” in the India-Pakistan relations.

As Delhi faced unrest with violent clashes over the Citizenship Amendment Act, Trump maintained he had heard about it but it was an internal matter. He also added that Modi had told him that he had been working closely with the Muslim community.

On Tuesday, Trump and first lady Melania Trump began the official schedule with a visit to the Rajghat, followed by a courtesy meeting with president Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. After a ceremonial banquet there in the evening, they return to the US.

Comments

 

Other News

Corona warriors to “flush the virus” in Mumbai

Even as humanitarian support is pouring in to help distressed migrants amid Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown, civil society organizations and NGOs are working for sanitation of community toilets which have become breeding source of virus infection. Every community toilet has 20 seats. Each

How lockdown was used to shore up health infrastructure

India, completing about two months of lockdown to protect against the spread of the Novel Coronavirus, has made good use of the time to improve health infrastructure, the government has said. Countering media reports “about some decisions of the government regarding the lockdown implem

Railways resume services from June 1

As India begins to learn to live with Covid-19 and come out of nearly two-month long lockdown, regular train services are set to resume from June 1 in a graded manner, even as more ‘shramik’ special trains are planned. The railway ministry, in consultation with the health ministr

Covid-19: India’s mortality rate lower than global figure

In the battle against Covid-19, India has managed to keep the mortality rate low at 0.2 deaths per lakh population, compared to some 4.1 deaths for the same population worldwide. Moreover, a total of 39,174 patients have been cured, registering a recovery rate of 38.73% which is improving continuously.

Nobel laureates to advise Sapio Umbrella on fighting Covid-19

Sapio Umbrella, a unit of government advisory firm Sapio Analytics, has received support from Nobel Laureates Dr Michael Levitt and Colonel H R Naidu Gade in form of advisory engagement in strengthening its data driven decision support system for Covid-19. Sapio is providing data-driven sol

Covid-19: Nobel laureates, world leaders call for $1 tn fund to protect children

Eighty-eight Nobel laureates and world leaders have come together as part of ‘Laureates and Leaders for Children’ and called for the global attention towards children during Covid-19 lockdowns and its aftermath. The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Prince Ali Al Hussein, Leym



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter