India, US vow to fight terror, boost economic cooperation

"I am thrilled to salute you, Prime Minister Modi, and the Indian people for all you are accomplishing together".

Trump said his administration is going to enforce "Hire American" rules that are created to protect jobs and wages of workers in the US.

President Trump in a strong message to the terror outfits across the world said that the United States would work with India to destroy radical Islamic terrorism. He said, "We hope we will be catching up with you very soon".

The two men, who both rose to power after portraying themselves as outsiders battling a complacent elite, appeared to make an immediate connection.

President Trump's first-ever meeting with PM Modi breaks through the malaise and establishes the bonhomie between the leaders and sets the stage for the paradigm shift towards a greater India-US relation.

The joint statement said India appreciated the U.S. designation of the Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist just ahead of the Trump-Modi meeting.

Afghanistan, a country both India and America have invested in as a strategic ally, has been subjected to "increasing instability due to terrorism", he said. "It is important that barriers be removed to the export of USA goods into your markets, and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country", Trump said during remarks made by the two leaders while issuing a joint statement.

On security issues, both US and Indian leaders emphasised the importance of combating terrorism, including intelligence exchanges.

There were clear signs of division, though: There was no mention of climate change, an issue of extreme concern in India, where numerous country's 1.3 billion people are poor and vulnerable to extreme heat, drought and storm surges.

India on Monday said that the best of its benefits lies with a strong and successful America even as the two sides reiterated cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

The only time climate was mentioned in the joint statement was when they called for "a rational approach that balances environment and climate policy, global economic development, and energy security needs".

Later Trump gave Modi a guided tour of the President's residence quarters in White House, including Lincoln bedroom, and showed him a copy of Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address and the desk on which he wrote it.

The move means the United States now considers Salahuddin, also known as Mohammad Yusuf Shah, a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist", the state department said in a statement.

"If the chemistry is good, everything else gets sorted", said an Indian official. The US President said he was "pleased" to learn about an "an Indian airline's recent order of 100 new American planes, which will support thousands of American jobs". Creating great new opportunities for your citizens.

Earlier this month, Lockheed Martin signed deals for production of F-16 Block 70 combat jets in India, according to a joint statement. "This is an honour for the 1.25 billion people of India", Modi told the media ahead of the meeting.

Since the 1990s, more than 68,000 people have been killed in Kashmir's uprising against Indian rule and the subsequent Indian military crackdown.

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