Trump meets with India's Modi in Philippines

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pledged that the USA and India should have the world's greatest militaries as they discussed bilateral strategic partnership and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Calling Modi a "friend" and a "great gentleman", Trump praised him for "doing a fantastic job in bringing around lots of factions in India".

The two leaders also discussed their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, a day after officials from India, Australia, Japan and the United States held talks to formalise a quadrilateral alliance.

Prime Minister Modi and Trump met briefly at a gala dinner on Sunday, and held discussions on counter-terrorism, trade and the security situation in the Indo-Pacific region.

"They pledged to enhance their cooperation as major defense partners, resolving that two of the world's great democracies should also have the world's greatest militaries", read the White House statement.

During their meeting on Monday, the two leaders discussed the comprehensive strategic partnership between the United States and India and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region, said the readout. "A lot of things were solved and we will continue to work together", he said. Modi says relations between the USA and India are "growing very rapidly" and "getting deeper and more comprehensive". At first glance, that would appear to resemble Trump's consistent pushes for USA arms sales - a feature of his bilateral official meetings in Japan, South Korea, and even Vietnam during this trip. That's what I hear, and that's good news.


According to a report by US-based English daily Los Angeles Times, Trump is seeking to link the vast Indo-pacific- far larger than the familiar AsiaPacific- in a conscious effort to expand America's traditional strategic interests to include India, the world's most populous democracy, as a counter-weight to China, a protectionist totalitarian state.

"I would like to assure you whatever the expectations are of the world, of the U.S. from India, India has always made efforts to fulfil those expectations and we will continue to do so in the future too", he said.

A fair amount of time was also devoted to Afghanistan, and Modi briefed Trump on the recent supply of wheat by India to the war-torn country via the Iranian port of Chabahar.

"I would like to assure you whatever the expectations are of the world, of the United States from India, India has always made efforts to fulfil those expectations and we will continue to do so in the future too", he added. Trump hopes that strong energy cooperation between India and USA will prove to be an economic game-changer for both countries.

The USA is eager to hug India and a few other Asian countries as part of its new foreign policy.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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