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11:58 am - Tuesday November 21, 2017

Global, regional issues, terrorism, Afghan situation discussed

Narendra Modi-Trump Meeting

Agencies, Manila

Billed as the most important meeting between the two world leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump who met here during 31st ASEAN Summit on Monday, discussed crucial global and regional issues as well as those of mutual interest.

Briefing the media on the Modi-Trump meeting which went on for about 40 minutes, Foreign Secretary Dr S Jaishankar said the two leaders undertook a review of the strategic landscape, particularly of the situation in the Korean peninsula, situation in the Mid-East and the Gulf region.

Terrorism and challenges posed by the menace to the global security and peace also figured prominently during the meeting. Dr Jaishankar said situation in Afghanistan also came up for detailed discussion and Mr Modi apprised President Trump about India’s commitment towards implementing development projects in Afghanistan.

Recent supply of wheat through the sea route, irrigation projects, housing for refugees and training of Afghan personnel in India. On other regional issues, the Foreign Secretary said violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar also came up for discussion between the two leaders.

Dr Jaishankar said that economic, trade relations between India and the US and how to increase investment and market access remained the main focus of bilateral issues which were discussed.

The Modi-Trump meeting came a day after India held talks with the US, Japan, and Australia on a quadrilateral process of greater cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. Also, during the APEC summit, President Trump had showered praise on India and its growing economy.

“I am happy that I have got another opportunity to meet President Trump. India-US ties are becoming broader and deeper and you too can feel that India-US ties can work together beyond the interest of India, for the future of Asia and for the welfare of the humanity in the world.

Wherever President Trump has travelled in recent days and wherever he had an opportunity to speak on India, he has spoken optimistically and highly. I also assure that India will try its best to fulfill the expectations that the US and the world has from it,” Mr Modi said in his opening statement at the meeting.

Mr Modi was accompanied by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar, Secretary (East) Preeti Saran. Vinay Kumar, Joint Secretary in charge of Southern Global Affairs in the External Affairs Ministry. From the American side, top White House officials were present.

On his part, Mr Trump described Mr Modi as a friend and a great gentleman. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is here. We had met at the White House before. He has become a friend of ours. He’s doing a great job. A lot of things were solved and we will continue to work together,” Mr Trump said.

The US President said Mr Modi was doing a “fantastic job by bringing lots of factions in India together that is what I hear and is a good news and lot of good reports are coming out of India.”

It is Mr Modi’s first visit to the Philippines and also the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Manila in 36 years which also witnessed an elaborate bilateral discussion with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on a number of issues of mutual interest.

21st century will belong to India: Modi Agencies, Manila Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday India has no intention of grabbing or snatching others’ land as all its energy is aimed at achieving a level-playing field with the world. ‘’History shows we did not do any wrong to anyone.

We did not grab anyone’s land. We are not snatchers, but givers,’’ Modi said at at a reception hosted by the Indian Ambassador here. And once Indians achieved a level playing field, nobody could stop it from surging ahead of all, he said.

‘’People are talking of 21st century belonging to Asia, but I say 21st century could be of India, and three years of my being in power give me confidence to say that this is quite possible,’’ Modi told the Indian community in Manila.

He said difficulties are encountered only in initial stages, and once that stage is crossed then there is no looking back. “Our efforts are aimed at transforming India and ensuring everything in our nation matches global standards,” he said, adding that the world looks at India with respect now.

The Prime Minister said India has always contributed to the world peace and more than 1.25 lakh Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives just for peace during the two world wars.

“Our contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Forces is among the biggest. India is the land of Mahatma Gandhi, peace is integral to our culture,” he said, highlighting India’s contribution to the world peace.

He said he was very happy that today Indians all over the world were being proud of being Indians. Praising the Indian community in the Philippines, he said, non-resident Indians can do more than embassies.

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