PM IN US … Modi-Trump meet on sidelines of UNGA meet; Trump says trade deal with India soon, bigger deal coming later

NEW YORK: India and US will have a trade deal very soon and a larger deal later, US President Donald Trump announced during a media interaction at the end of his discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday. “We will have a larger deal down the road a little (way ahead), but we will have a trade deal very soon,” Trump said without saying what the larger deal will be.
On Kashmir, Trump said it will be great if Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan can work out “something”, rather than him personally getting involved in any way. “PM Modi knows how to deal with it,” said President Trump when asked about tackling terrorism from Pakistan. Trump and Modi met on the sidelines of a UN General Assembly session here. Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan too had a meeting with Trump in a cordial atmosphere a day ago. The two also addressed a joint press conference, just as Trump did with PM Modi as well.

In his meeting with the Pakistan PM, Trump had reiterated that he was willing to negotiate with India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue if both sides so desired. India’s firm stand is that it would not entertain any outside mediation, and would do only bilateral discussions between the hostile neighbours. “It will be great if they can work out something on Kashmir,” Trump said in response to a question.

PM Modi handing over a framed copy of Howdy Modi show to Prez Trump

Modi was accompanied by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, among other senior government functionaries. Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan was also present as part of the Indian delegation at the UN. US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was present in the US delegation, apart from others.

“I am thankful to Trump that he came to Houston. He is my friend but he is also a good friend of India,” Modi said at the meeting.”PM @narendramodi and @POTUS @realDonaldTrump meet on the sidelines of the @UN session in New York. This comes days after both leaders were together at the #HowdyModi programme in Houston,” the Prime Minister’s office tweeted.
Both the leaders met for the second time in less than three days on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

The bilateral comes in the backdrop of the US ending the privileges that India was enjoying under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) program on June 5. The GSP, implemented since 1974, is the largest and oldest US trade preference scheme and it allows duty-free imports for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries. 

A bipartisan group of 44 US lawmakers had urged the Trump administration to reinstate the programme for New Delhi, following Washington’s move. Despite this, both countries have expressed confidence in their bilateral and trade ties.

In an inspiring aside, on Sunday, the two leaders had jointly addressed a gathering of more than 50,000 people at the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston. IHN-NN

ITEM …………………………………………………………………HOWDY MODI

ITEM ……………………………………………………………………………………..HEADS OF STATE MEETINGS

HELLO NIGER … PM Narendra Modi held talks with President of Niger. They talked about ways to improve cooperation in energy, agriculture and other sectors. 

HELLO ITALY … The Prime Minister of Italy, Mr. Giuseppe Conte and PM Modi had a wonderful meeting. India and Italy will work together in a wide range of areas for the mutual benefit of our citizens.


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