India, US very close to trade deal

India, US very close to trade deal

India, US very close to trade deal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended his government's actions in Kashmir and, in thinly-veiled remarks, accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists during a packed rally in Texas attended by the United States president Donald Trump.

Trump on Tuesday heaped praise on Modi in NY.

At the annual Global Goalkeeper Awards hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation today, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi is set to receive the Global Goalkeeper Award for his work in improving sanitation in India.

The Leaders' deliberated on wide range of issues including sharing of development experiences for attainment of SDGs, enhancing cooperation in renewable energy, joining the newly launched Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, capacity building, implementation of projects under the India-UN Development Partnership Fund and a roadmap for future India-PSIDS cooperation. "They made this their own movement", the PM said.

Indian officials have skirted any direct reply on Mr Trump's repeated offer to mediate. There's a new "Father of India", a modern unifying force, in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

On oil and gas exports to India, he said that crude exports have grown by 400 percent and LNG continues to "soar at record numbers".

Although a much expected trade deal between India and the U.S. was not announced after the meeting, Trump made it clear that the two countries were close to a mutual understanding on differences.

Last week, President Trump told reporters at a White House briefing that "a lot of progress" has been made in defusing India-Pakistan tensions and his statement has strengthened these speculations.

"I am thankful to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for supporting our, Turkey is a true friend", PM said while replying to a question asked by a Turkish journalist.

People familiar with developments said the limited trade deal was expected to address immediate concerns of the two sides, including the U.S. demand for removing price controls on medical devices and stents, greater access for American dairy products and reduction of tariffs on ICT, and the Indian demand for reinstating benefits under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), which were withdrawn in June.

Since Modi's government established in 2014, India has seen a rise in the persecution of Muslim and Dalit minorities.

Apart from trade, the issue of terrorism came up prominently for discussion at the bilateral meeting between Modi and Trump. "The whole world will be affected", he said, adding he had raised the issue with a number of world leaders, including President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. "The experience and relationships that I have inherited and nurtured have little meaning if they can not be leveraged for India".

India, he said, blamed Pakistan for terrorism. "If both (Pakistan and India) want, I am ready to do it".

"In Houston, we say howdy in more than 140 languages", Turner said, "and this morning we are saying howdy to Modi!" If you want freedom, take pride in your country.

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