It was the first time the two leaders met.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump have pledged to destroy “radical Islamic terrorism” after their first meeting on Monday. It is also the first time Trump has organized a working dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House.
At a joint briefing following their individual meeting and the White House delegation’s discussions, Modi said: “We have talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalization and have agreed to cooperate on this issue.” The leaders did not respond to media questions later.
Trump has described India as a “true friend” of the White House was “the economy is experiencing the fastest growth in the world.” He said: “We hope we will catch up with us very soon.” The President of the United States also praised Modi as Prime Minister. “You do a good job. Economically, India is doing very well.”
Modi said the United States is a “key partner” for the transformation of India and welcomed the “great leadership” Trump. He was also invited to visit India.
One day before their meeting, Trump spoke of Modi as his “true friend.” Minutes later, Modi nodded and thanked Trump for “warm personal welcome”.
Modi and Trump said their governments were “true partners” that would be to fight and work “to end terrorist sanctuaries.” In their joint statement, they said that destroying radical Islamic terrorism is one of the main objectives of the strategic partnership of their countries.
“Our two nations have been affected by the evils of terrorism and they are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them,” Trump said. “We are going to destroy radical Islamic terrorism.”
During his first telephone conversation on January 24 Trump assured Modi continued support for the fight against terrorism. He emphasized that the United States sees India as “a true friend and partner to meet the challenges of the world.”
H-1B visa and immigration
The two leaders have distinguished commentary on H-1B visas and immigration issues, which keep thousands of Indian workers in the United States to the brim.
In April, Trump had signed an order – called “Buy American American Car” – to make changes to the H-1B visa policy used by companies to hire people from outside the United States for highly skilled jobs . The order proposes reforms to ensure that H-1B visas are awarded only to the most qualified or most paid candidate.
The Minister of Trade and Industry of the Union, Nirmala Sitharaman, dispelled fears and said that the number of H-1B visas for IT professionals in India would not be reduced. He added that the United States only wanted to correct the lottery process.
The H-1B visa allows US companies to employ workers from outside the country. Companies like Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro and others looking for a considerable number of H-1B visas to send Indian workers to the United States. It is expected that more than three lakh Indian engineers will be on H-1B visas in the US.
Trump said he wanted to create jobs in both countries. “I look forward to expanding our business relationship with equity to reduce the trade deficit,” Trump said. The Republican president reiterated his priorities for the strengthening of the economy of his country and to increase his opportunities of employment in the United States.