No impact on Pak from arms deal with India: White House

Trevor Jackson
June 25, 2017

This is the first-ever bilateral visit by an Indian Prime Minister to Portugal and follows Costa's visit to India in January this year.

A rural Indian settlement with little electricity or running water renamed itself "Trump Village" on Friday in an unusual gesture to the American president ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's trip to Washington.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to spend almost five hours with US President Donald Trump in order to know each other well, forge a strong personal bond and take forward a solid bilateral relationship when they meet at the White House on Monday. This was disclosed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening in his press statement at Lisbon after the meeting of the two leaders.

"He said in this particular case, the U.S. evaluates that this is an important way for America and India to cooperate on specific areas of mutual concern, and that both sides benefit from transferring the kind of high technology, the Trump administration has been talking about". Notably, this will be the first dinner by the Trump administration for a visiting foreign leader.

Of course, a central topic in the coming talks in Washington is likely to be another issue invoking disparate assessments of benefit that has shifted significantly under the Donald Trump administration: the future of the H1B visa program.

"They create jobs", - these kind of defence deals create a lot of jobs here in the US.

A poster with the image of US President Donald Trump is set up at Marora village, which has been unofficially renamed 'Trump Village, ' about 100km from New Delhi, June 23, 2017.

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Modi hailed Indians in Portugal as the "real ambassadors of India" in that country. "I will discuss with PM Rutte as to how the two sides should work to further harness the synergies", Modi said. We see India's role and influence growing.

On Monday, Lockheed Martin announced an agreement with India's Tata Advanced Systems to produce F-16 planes in India, provided it won a contract to equip the Indian Air Force with hundreds of new aircraft.

"However, I take satisfaction in the fact that this is the second summit between India and Portugal within a period of six months", he said.

"The IT industry contributes in the high single digits to the country's GDP and is a big employer with four million workers", Chandrashekhar further said.

The official hinted the visit will show "concrete examples" that India is a "major defence partner" - a reference to the Trump administration's decision to authorise the sale of 22 unarmed Guardian drones to India.

On the economy, India and USA bilateral trade has almost doubled in the past decade, to US$115 billion, but the trade deficit of US$30 billion remains a matter of concern.

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