Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump’s maiden meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a “tremendous success” and took the Indo-US relationship to the next level, top American experts have said.”I thought the visit was tremendous success. 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.”Instead, I was so happy that the two leaders emphasized strategic cooperation on counter terrorism, on defence, on moving forward in a fair and reciprocal way on trade,” he told.”I think it sets a very, very positive baseline for the future. I don’t think the meetings could have gone better,” Blake said.
“While there was a section on trade that could foreshadow a rocky period of economic ties, overall the leaders hit the right points on our recent and future progress on Asian security,” he said.”The section on Pakistan-based terror groups is particularly striking, and the note of increased coordination in the Middle East holds great promise. The table is set for cabinet-level talks as we start our multitude of formal dialogues in the months ahead,” Rossow said. Modi achieved this task admirably with a combination of energy, charisma and charm,” Dhume said.
“I think from where we started this was a victory of sorts. We of course, ended the trip without any incident,” noted Bharat Gopalaswamy of the Atlantic Council.Gopalaswamy said the relationship in the last 20 years have come a long way and it has matured into a relationship that is relatively insulated to changes at the highest levels.”Of course, this is not devoid of challenges but administrations in the US and India have consciously have worked hard to build on consolidating the foundations of this relationship,” he said.
“The visit and meetings mark a strong beginning with the Trump administration, principally in areas of strategic convergence including the Indian Ocean Region, counter- terrorism and security cooperation,” she said.”Overall, steps were taken to set US-India strategic and security relations on a steady and growing course in coming years, a signal that won’t be lost on Pakistan, North Korea and China, all alluded to or mentioned by name during the visit,” she said.Importantly, both leaders pointed to their efforts to slash red tape and enact tax and regulatory reforms in order to court investments in their respective countries, Khambatta said.