Modi jets into Netherlands, 'India's gateway to Europe'


"Applauding the entrepreneurship and innovation of Indians and Indian-Americans that have directly benefitted both nations, President Trump welcomed India's formal entry into the International Expedited Traveler Initiative (global entry programme) in order to facilitate closer business and educational ties". "I would like to congratulate you", Trump said.

On fighting terrorism, Kugelman said the two leaders have a similar worldview - that "it needs to be destroyed wherever it rears its murderous head".

Earlier, in his remarks to the media, Modi said defence cooperation between India and U.S. was very significant in the light of security challenges. "I was really happy that the overall theme was one of cooperation and not confrontation", Robert Blake, the former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, said.

"Unlike most world leaders, however, Modi, who governs the world's largest democracy and second largest nation, apparently is refusing to visit Ramallah during his Israel trip, and will not schedule meetings with Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas or other PA leaders", Arutz Sheva said in a report.

Modi said he was looking forward to meeting the King and the Queen of the Netherlands. "There will be major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas, which are right now being negotiated, and we will sign them". The Trump administration's vow to rein in the H1B visa program, which allows high-skills workers to live in the United States, worries New Delhi and the powerful Indian information-technology firms that are the program's main beneficiaries. The State Department on Monday approved the $365 million sale of a C-17 military transport aircraft to India.

Meanwhile, Syed said the rally aimed to voice protest against Indian security forces in the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) as well as the discriminatory policies towards minorities and other oppressed communities.

"The bilateral defence, technology, trade and manufacturing partnership will be mutually beneficial", Modi said, adding that they had also discussed their strategic interests concerning global issues.

As a self-confessed germaphobe, it's unclear how Trump would have felt about all this - but after witnessing what happened to Prince William's hand after his meeting with Modi, maybe a hug was the better option.

Trump and Modi share a populist streak and a knack for social media, but their economic nationalist agendas could clash.

"Yesterday, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi committed to expanding and balancing our trade relationship in the years ahead", the vice president said. He also addressed the Indian community there and presented the Overseas Citizen of India card to Costa.

Many in India had started arguing that a transactional Turmp would take the sheen off the India-U.S. partnership, one which had been hard to cultivate and on which Modi himself had expended considerable diplomatic energy since coming to office.

But Trump also lauded Modi's economic stewardship, and the praise was mutual.

Mr Trump said he would like a trading relationship that is "fair and reciprocal". "We will continue to work with the USA in this", he said. India accuses Pakistan-based militants of launching attacks on its soil.