Full text: USA is ‘primary partner’ for India’s transformation, says Modi in Washington
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump read short statements at the White House Rose Garden after an individual meeting was held in the Oval Office on Monday. In statements, Trump said that India now has a “true friend” in the White House, while Modi highlighted the US. As a “key partner” for the transformation of India.
Thank you very much. Modi’s Prime Minister, thank you for coming here today. It is a great honor to welcome the world’s largest democracy leader to the White House.
I have always had a great admiration for his country and its people, and a deep appreciation for its rich culture, heritage and traditions. This summer, India will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its independence and on behalf of the United States, I congratulate the Indians of this magnificent milestone in the life of their very incredible nation.
During my campaign, he promised that, if elected, India would have a true friend in the White House. And now it’s exactly what you, a true friend. The friendship between the US And India is based on shared values, including our common commitment to democracy. Not many people know this, but the constitutions of the United States and India begin with the same three beautiful words: we the people.
The Prime Minister and I understand the crucial importance of these words, which helps form the basis of cooperation between our two countries. Relations between countries are stronger when they are dedicated to the interests of those we serve. And after our meetings today, I would say that the relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, it has never been better.
I am proud to announce to the media, Americans and Indians, that the Prime Minister of Modi and are world leaders in social networks – (laughs) – we believe – give citizens the opportunity of our country to listen directly to their Elected representatives and listen directly. I think it is very good in both cases.
I am delighted to welcome you, Indian Prime Minister Modi and for everything you do together. Their achievements were enormous. The economy of India is the fastest growing in the world. We hope that we will catch very soon in terms of percentage increase, I have to tell you. We are working on it.
In just two weeks, you will begin to apply the greatest tax review of your country’s history – we also do it by going for great opportunities for your citizens. You have a great vision to improve infrastructure, and fight against government corruption, which remains a serious threat to democracy.
Together, our countries can help to chart an optimistic path in the future, which unleashes the power of new technologies, new infrastructure and the enthusiasm and excitement of working people very, very dynamic.
I look forward to working with you, Mr. Prime Minister, to create jobs in our countries, to develop our economies and create a fair and reciprocal trade relationship. It is important to remove barriers to the export of US products in their markets and we are reducing our trade deficit with their country.