Indian PM to visit WH on June 26

Laura Christensen
June 13, 2017

In a statement, the external affairs ministry said: "Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Washington D.C. on June 25-26, 2017, at the invitation of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump".

Apart from ways to enhance trade and business cooperation, the two leaders are also expected to discuss defence ties.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer later said that Trump wanted the meeting to advance "our common priorities fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms and expanding security cooperation in it the Pacific region". The two leaders have spoken over phone for at least three times.

One issue that the two leaders face is resolving conflict arising out of the push they are both making at home to boost industry and create jobs.

PM Modi's visit also comes in the backdrop of Trump's announcement to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Climate Agreement signed by almost 190 other countries.

The White House's spin on job creation by India in the U.S. is in contrast to Trump's comments about jobs fleeing to China and elsewhere.

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He acknowledged that the government would be unable to get numerous measures promised in its election platform through Parliament. He said the Brexit content of that amendment would be about negotiating as quickly as possible a "jobs-first Brexit".

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in her annual press meet last week, however, said Modi would also raise the issues surrounding the US' plans to reduce the number of H-1B visa slots that are mainly used by Indian IT workers.

Trump had invited Modi to Washington after the prime minister rang him in January to congratulate the new president on his inauguration.

According to Economic Times, in Petersberg climate meet in Germany, India had asked the developed countries to deliver on their financial promises to fight climate change.

"India didn't sign the Paris climate deal under pressure or greed for money". But obstacles have already emerged in the early months of the Trump presidency. With the USA looking inward, New Delhi must step up to play a leadership role in addressing one of the most pressing challenges facing the world.

Before Trump launched his "Make America Great Again" campaign, it was Narendra Modi who sold the idea of "Make in India" in 2013 asking multinational companies to manufacture their products in India.

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