Trump Sarkar welcomes Modi Sarkar: US prez learns Hindi to greet Modi

Pauline Gross
June 26, 2017

Pichai told reporters after the meeting that American businesses were excited about investing in India.

During both his interactions in Washington DC on Sunday, June 25 - one with the top 20 CEOs of United States companies and another with the Indian diaspora in the country - Modi painted a rosy picture of the country.

The prime minister said his government had undertaken around 7,000 reforms to improve the "ease of [doing] business and promote minimum government, maximum governance". Always impressed, energized by optimism and invention in India.

"CEOs outlined priorities in India and suggestions for mutually beneficial partnerships in line with inclusive growth".

India is seen as a glowing and attractive FDI destination. "They lauded the PM's initiatives of demonetisation, digitisation of the economy and the GST", wrote Gopal Baglay on Twitter.

"Infrastructure growth and terrorism are the main matters to focus on and I want that Russian Federation should also support us on this", he added.

Han said strategic analysts were closely following the US-India relationship since the two countries signed the civil nuclear deal. "But he can help Trump to think of India as an opportunity rather than as a problem", said Tellis, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

"Portugal has emerged as one of the most vibrant European ecosystems for entrepreneurship", Modi said during a joint address to the media with Costa, who traces his origin to Goa, after bilateral discussions.

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"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.

The CEOs also showed willingness to use their companies to take initiatives in social areas like women empowerment, digital technology, education, as well as food processing. He also pointed out opportunities for tourism through developing hotels through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model at 500 railway stations.

As part of the tour, PM Modi will be meeting US President Donald Trump.

The two leaders are also likely to discuss the sale of USA fighter jets to India but that is not much of a worry for China, said Han Hua, who is the director of centre for arms control and disarmament at the school of worldwide studies at Beijing's Peking University. Modi will also have dinner with the president and first lady - the first dinner Trump has hosted for a foreign dignitary at the White House, although he has hosted the leaders of Japan and China at his resort in Florida.

Trump and Modi will have a one-on-one and delegation-level meetings, a reception and a working dinner.

"The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in U.S. business schools", Modi said while addressing American CEOs at a meeting here, according to a tweet by Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay. This, however, is in contrast to Modi's first United States visit in 2014, when he received a rousing welcome at the Madison Square Garden arena in NY and addressed the UN.

Regional security is expected to be high on the agenda for the talks.

Modi will be hoping that as well as tackling the Islamic State, Trump will step up pressure on militant groups based in Pakistan accused of launching attacks on India.

Other reports by GizPress

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