Narendra Modi meeting with Trump shows “strategic convergences” says Navtej Sarna

Vastavam web:Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with President Donald Trump in the Philippines shows the “strategic convergences” in geopolitics and economy between India and the US, India’s envoy Navtej Sarna has said.Modi and Trump held their second bilateral meeting in Manila on Monday, on the margins of the East Asia Summit in the Philippines.Modi held wide-ranging talks with Trump and told him that both nations can rise beyond bilateral ties and work jointly for the future of Asia, reflecting their growing convergence on strategic issues in the Indo-Pacific region.
He was speaking on the occasion of the release of a report ‘Indian Roots, American Soil’ by the Confederation of Indian Industry, according to which 100 Indian companies in the US account for USD 17.9 billion in investment and for generating 113,000 jobs in the US.The India-US closeness and strategic convergences has been evident in the visit of Prime Minister Modi to the US and subsequent visits of Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to India and now again in the meeting between the president and Prime Minister Modi, Sarna said.
In 2016, the trade of all US goods and services with India totaled USD 114 billion dollars.Indian companies, she said, have not only added value to US economy but are investing in American communities as well, she said.India was America’s ninth largest trading partner last year, accounting for nearly USD 70 billion in trade which has laid a strong foundation for the two countries to uphold their commitment to.”An example of that is you know we just walked off the House floor voting for our Defence Authorisation Act. In there is a paragraph talking about India becoming a Major Defence Partner. There are unique opportunities for American and Indian companies to work together…India has the desire to buy some of our military hardware, how do we make that easier…looking at the export control regime on our end,” he said.
Referring to his recent visit to Japan, Bera said the Japanese are “very bullish” on India.”The Japanese are very bullish on India and the partnership and possibility of trilateral and even quadrilateral relationships,” he said.”I think that speaks loudly of those beliefs,” he said.”We have the longest serving democracy in the world.(India) has the largest one. And together we can do some great things,” Yoho said.