No discussion on H-1B during Modi-Trump meeting

Modi said he would like to thank Trump for his great leadership in building US-India relations.

US President Donald Trump has urged the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi lift barriers to Indian markets for the US goods so that the trade deficit between the two countries could be reduced. Modi also noted Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan and drew to stress that his agenda for his country was little different than Trump's.

After Trump's and Modi's one-on-one meeting, hour-long delegation-level talks between the two countries took place in the cabinet room of the White House.

President Trump and Prime Minister Modi hold a press conference in the White House.

"Thank you very much", Trump said as he opened the meeting with Modi and an accompanying delegation.

"It is with the help of Netherlands that India successfully got membership of the Missile Technology Control Regime a year ago", Prime Minister Modi said in joint statement with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte at Catshuis. "India has fastest growing economy and we will catch you soon", Trump said. Both the leaders embraced each other as friends and partners, pledging to strengthen the economic ties between the two nations.

According to Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu's latest remark on Congress on Monday, the party "deliberately refuses to see" the outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States due to "sheer jealousy" and "guilt" of lost opportunities during the UPAs regime.

"The strengthening of India's defence capabilities with the help of U.S. is something that we truly appreciate". After shaking Mr Trump's hand, Mr Modi went in for a third and final public hug - resting his head first near Mr Trump's left shoulder, then near his right.

He also said: "If you want to give back to India, this is the best time to do so".

"Fighting against terrorism and destroying the hideouts of the terrorists will be an important part of our mutual cooperation", the Prime Minister said.

"India is now a global economic power".

"I laud President Trump's commitment towards strong India-U.S. bilateral relations".

Earlier, in their joint press statement at the White House, Trump stressed on eliminating and destroying radical Islamic terrorism and emphasised on how both nations - the US and India - are deeply affected by the malaise of terrorism.

Meanwhile, Modi will be hoping that as well as tackling the Islamic State, Trump will step up pressure on militant groups based in Pakistan accused of launching attacks on India. "If selected, United State offer to sell F-16 and F/A-18 fighter aircraft to India would represent the most significant defence cooperation between the USA and India to date", the White House said.

The high profile meet between the two leaders fared quite smoothly with signing a range of agreements on issues ranging from terrorism, trade, technology Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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.

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