India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi gets a grand welcome to the White House from US President Donald Trump. This is their first face to face meeting. Modi was in US last year when Obama was president of US. President Donald Trump said he was a true friend of India, and that the relationship between the two countries “has never been stronger, has never been better.”
All of the Trump administration was present to welcome Modi in the Rose Garden of the White House. First Lady Melania Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defence James Mattis, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, President’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner were present at the event.
Prime minister Modi and US President Donald Trump later made a joint statement which included fighting against terrorism as top priority. "Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us," Modi said in his joint statement with the US president at the White House Rose Garden. "We talked about terrorism, extremism and radicalisation and agreed to cooperate on this. Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation," he said.
Apart from terrorism, both leaders vowed to cooperate on security, trade, bilateral relationship, instability in Afghanistan. Even though differences exist on immigration and climate change, Modi is expected to assure Trump that the United States has nothing to fear from India's growing economic clout.