Indian Prime Minister Modi to meet with Trump in Washington

During the visit, Mr. Modi will hold official talks with President Donald Trump on 26th June in Washington.

In announcing America's withdrawal from the Paris deal last month, Trump irked India by saying New Delhi had made its participation 'contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid'.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reinforce India's commitment to Paris climate accord and renewables, express concern over trade protectionism and stress on India's support to Africa's development at the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7-8, the first such meeting of major global economies since Donald Trump was elected as the US President.

On Monday, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement: "This will be the first meeting between the two leaders".

The visit comes in the backdrop of Trump's announcement to withdraw the USA from the historic Paris Climate Agreement signed by over 190 other countries.

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Trump and Modi spoke to each other by phone after the president's inauguration ceremony, and during the conversation, Trump described India as "a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world". The discussion will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest.

"The President looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the United States and India and to advance our common priorities: fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region", Spicer said making a statement.

Apart from ways to enhance trade and business cooperation, the two leaders are expected to discuss defence ties. With the U.S. looking inward, New Delhi must step up to play a leadership role in addressing one of the most pressing challenges facing the world.

Trump, on the other hand, has railed against firms moving factories outside the United States and has demanded US companies invest at home as part of his "America First" campaign.

Major US firms such as Walmart and Apple have grown frustrated by regulations and tariffs imposed by Indian authorities as they seek to crack what is a potentially massive market.

  • Adam Floyd