Vastavam web: India-US relations touched new heights following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Donald Trump with a lot of “key takeaways”, Chinese official media commented today. It was the first working dinner with a head of government since Trump took over as the US president in January, a news analysis commentary in the state-run Xinhua news agency on Modi’s US visit said.”While the meeting had been pegged as a “get to know each other” one by diplomats from both the sides, there were a lot of key takeaways for the two countries in the visit,” it said.
“It is being seen incredible by experts keeping in mind the fact that New Delhi and Washington had a face-off earlier this month after President Trump rejected the Paris Agreement on climate change, accusing India of demanding money in exchange of implementing the pact.The two leaders vowed to ensure strong cooperation on terrorism. Trump also issued a message to Pakistan to “expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot and other cross-border terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistan-based groups,” it said.Before this, the US declared terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen’s leader Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist which India had long been seeking.
“On his part, Modi displayed pragmatism in the meeting by putting ‘America first’ rather than push for his ‘Make in India’ initiative and did not touch on issues of contention like the climate pact or the H-1B visa issues on which the Trump administration has made its conservative stance clear.”This was a clear effort to break the ice with a government that is playing by its own rulebooks — the move seemed to have worked well for India, especially since President Trump spoke of cuts in trade deficit and boost for Indian service exports,” the report quoted experts as saying.