Trump to welcome India's prime minister to White House

Modi will also likely seek Trump's support for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that will be manufactured in India. Can Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump find a way to put the heat on Pakistan and Pak-sponsored terror?

President Donald Trump will be meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday for the first time since his inauguration.

"That came through very strongly in both these meetings", he said. He also said that India had a tradition of following the world order, low-key calling out China's actions in the South China Sea.

That decision - a contrast with high-profile visits from other leaders including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - may reflect a White House effort to avoid a flurry of questions over the probe into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which has dogged Trump's young administration.

Modi's meeting with top business leaders which included the likes of Apple's Tim Cook, Google's Indian-American CEO Sunder Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos and many others come in the backdrop of growing economic uncertainty in both the United States and India.

Relations between India and the USA were generally cool until the 1990s but they warmed under Trump's predecessor Barack Obama, as India sought greater foreign investment and trade ties.

As the two leaders sat for the meeting, Modi expressed gratitude to Trump and the first lady for the warm welcome extended to him.He said the welcome extended to him was a welcome to 125 crore people of India.

The Indian prime minister is most likely to push the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative that facilitates USA arms technology transfers to India, Indian newspaper the Economic Times reported.

In India, Modi's attempts to tackle black money and corruption through swapping of old currency notes or what is popularly called as demonetization as announced on November 8, has affected economic growth in the short-term and added to uncertainty. The ice-breaker between the two leaders is expected to set the tone for the day-long string of bilateral meetings, in which the Indian side is expected to raise its concerns on the proposed overhaul of H-1B visas, used by thousands of Indians to work in the US. "If the chemistry is good, then frankly everything else gets sorted", a senior Indian official who is traveling with the prime minister told reporters in Washington.

Mattis also appreciated India's role in Afghanistan, Baglay said. The group demands the Himalayan region's merger with Pakistan.

  • Eleanor Harrison