Trump realises India’s importance: US

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Jun 2017 09:02:31



By Lalit K Jha,


“I think that the US really appreciates India, and I think that President Trump realises that India has been a force for good in the world,” said a senior US official

ON THE eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, the Trump administration has dismissed reports that it has
been ignoring India, saying President Trump realises that the country has been a “force for good” in the world and ties with it were important.

“I think that it would be wrong to say that this administration has been ignoring or not focused on India,” a senior administration official told reporters ahead of the two-day Modi visit from June 25. The Prime Minister would meet President Donald Trump face-to-face for first time at the White House on Monday.

“I think that the US really appreciates India, and I think that President Trump realises that India has been a force for good in the world and that it’s a relationship that’s important. And I think that will come through in the visit on Monday,” the official said.
The senior administration official made the remarks while responding to questions on whether the US-India relationship has drifted under the new Government, in part, because of President Trump and the administration’s support to China.

“I think it’s a bit unfair. I mean, we’re only six months into the administration. But there have been two very good phone calls between President Trump and Prime Minister Modi that you can point to as showing both countries’ interest in the relationship,” the White House official argued.
“Yes, this will be the first opportunity for them to sit down and have a conversation, but I think that this is still fairly early on in the administration,” the official said.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump and Prime Minister Modi would have a very robust discussion when they meet at the White House.
“During the meeting, the President and the Prime Minister will discuss ongoing cooperation, including counter-terrorism, defence partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, global cooperation, burden-sharing, trade, law enforcement, and energy,” Spicer said in response to a question.

Senator Mark Warner, Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus hoped that Trump, in his meeting with Prime Minister Modi, shows enthusiastic support for deepening the US-India relationship, which enjoys strong bipartisan support
“The relationship is ripe for additional cooperation in areas such as the development of aircraft carrier technology, space surveillance, unmanned aerial vehicles, cyber and increased defence manufacturing,” Warner said.

“As we venture further into the Asian Century, there is little doubt of the increasing significance of India on the world stage. Our cooperation helps increase global security and advance economic opportunity in both countries,” Warner said in response to a question.

On whether the contentious H-1B visa issue would come up for discussion during the meeting, a senior administration official said it was unlikely to be raised from the US side but if raised by the Indian side, the Americans were ready for it.