Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump hug while making statements in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.(AP Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump hug while making statements in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.(AP Photo)

Highlights | Destroying terrorist safe havens our aim: PM Modi after talks with US President Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump met for the first time on Monday, seeking to develop a warm relationship despite differences over trade, immigration and the Paris climate accord.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2017 04:59 AM IST

US President Donald Trump said Monday that ties between Washington and New Delhi had “never been stronger” after holding his first talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“The relationship between India and the United States has never been stronger, never been better,” Trump told reporters in the White House Rose Garden, standing alongside Modi.

PM Modi and US President Trump discussed in depth several regional issues, including Afghanistan during their meeting. Modi said the rising instability in Afghanistan due to terrorism is a cause of mutual concern for both India and the US.

Modi earlier arrived at the White House on Monday for his first meeting with Trump, seeking to build on a recent upturn in ties between the world’s two largest democracies.

During brief Oval Office remarks, Trump heaped praise on Modi as a “great prime minister” who had brought economic growth to India. Modi recalled Trump’s visits to India long before he was president and said he was looking forward to collaborating with him now that he is president.

The US State Department earlier imposed sanctions on Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin ahead of the Modi-Trump meet.

Here are highlights from the second day of Modi’s US visit:

4.21am: US President Trump gives PM Modi a guided tour of the President’s residence quarters in White House including Lincoln bedroom.

4.20am: For First Lady of the United States, PM Modi presented a hamper containing a traditional, handcrafted Himachali silver bracelet, tea and honey from Kangra valley. Hand-woven shawls from Jammu and Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh were also presented to the First Lady, Melania Trump.

4.15am:

4.04am: PM Modi now at dinner hosted by President Trump after reception hosted by the First Lady, terms it as honour for all the people of India: Gopal Baglay’s tweet

3.21am: I invite you to India along with your family and hope that you will give me an opportunity to host you: PM Modi

3.19am: We agreed to work closely on boosting maritime trade and cooperation: PM Modi

3.17am: We also discussed regional issues. Problems in Afghanistan are issues of common concern: PM Modi

3.16am: Trade, commerce and investment are key areas. Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas were are actively looking at: PM Modi

3.16am: We discussed challenges arising out of terrorism, extremist and radicalisation. Fighting terrorists and destroying their safe havens will be our aim: PM Modi

3.15am: We held talks on wide range of issues pertaining to the India-USA relationship: PM Modi

3.14am: Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us: PM Modi

3.12am: We are both global engines of growth: PM Modi

3.11am: Our talks today are an important moment in the cooperation between our nations. They have been very crucial talks: PM Modi

3.10am: I would like to thank President Trump for his kind words about India: PM Modi

3.08am: Pleased to learn about an Indian airline’s recent order of 100 new American planes,which will support thousands of American jobs: President Trump

3.07am: We will destroy extremist Islamist terrorism: President Trump

3.05am: PM Modi invited my daughter Ivanka to lead US delegation to the global entrepreneurship in India, and I believe she has accepted: President Trump

3.05am: In just two weeks, you will begin to implement largest tax overhaul in your country’s history, we are doing that also by the way: President Trump

3.05am: You have a big vision for improving infrastructure and fighting corruption: President Trump to PM Modi

3.04am: I am proud to announce to media, American people and to Indian people that PM Modi and I are world leaders in social media: President Trump

3.02am: It’s a great honour to welcome leader of the world’s largest democracy to the White House: President Trump

3.01am: I want to congratulate the Indian people on this significant milestone (India’s 70th Independence Day): President Trump

3am: I pledged that India would have a true friend during my campaign and that’s exactly what you have now: President Trump

2.50am: PM Modi and President Trump to issue a joint statement at the Rose Garden in the White House shortly.

2.05am: You are the world’s oldest democracy, while we are the world’s largest democracy: PM Modi during delegation-talks with the US.

2.04am: Thank you for ordering equipment from US; no one makes military equipment like the US: US President Trump during delegation-level talks with India.

2am: Delegation-level talks between India and USA being held in the cabinet room at the White House.

1.25am: You have done a great job economically and you are doing well in so many ways. I would like to congratulate you: President Trump to PM Modi

1.22am: The way President Trump and the First Lady have welcomed me, this is a welcome of 1.25 billion people of India: PM Modi (WATCH VIDEO HERE)

1.21am: I think I will have lots to say after the meeting, says PM Modi after he is received by President Trump.

1.20am: President Trump has welcomed me with immense warmth. I thank him for the welcome: PM Modi

1.12am: PM Modi received by President Trump and his wife Melania. WATCH VIDEO OF MODI AND TRUMP’S HANDSHAKE HERE

1.10am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the White House to meet US President Donald Trump.

12.49am: PM Modi to arrive at the White House shortly to meet President Trump.

11.40pm: In their meeting, without naming China, Modi and Mattis have emphasised the need for adhering to the international laws, freedom of navigation, air travel and communication.

11.15pm: US Department of State on Salahuddin: Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Mohammad Yusuf Shah, AKA Syed Salahuddin, has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism. Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other nations.

11pm: US Department of State on Salahuddin: “Mohammad Yusuf Shah, AKA Syed Salahuddin, is the senior leader of the militant group Hizbul Mujahideen (HM). In September, 2016, Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful resolution to the Kashmir conflict, threatened to train more Kashmiri suicide bombers, and vowed to turn the Kashmir valley “into a graveyard for Indian forces.” Under Salahuddin’s tenure as senior HM leader, HM has claimed responsibility for several attacks, including the April 2014 explosives attack in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which injured 17 people.”

10.50pm: The notification (on Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin being designated a terrorist by the US) has just come. We will look at the notification. In general, it does vindicate India’s long standing position that cross-border terrorism has been behind disturbances created in Kashmir... We welcome this notification. It underlines the fact that India and US face threat of terrorism and they are working together to address this threat.

10.48pm: Notification by US Department of State: “Department of State has designated Mohammad Yusuf Shah, also known as (AKA) Syed Salahuddin, as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a consequence of this designation, US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with Salahuddin and all of Salahuddin’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked.”

10.47pm: With Secretary Mattis, there was a discussion on terrorism, counter-terrorism. There was a discussion on Afghanistan. The situation

10.45pm: There was a discussion on situation in the Indo-Pacific and Asia-Pacific with Mattis.

10.42pm: There was a strong focus on terrorism and cooperation in counter-terrorism with Tillerson.

10.40pm: The Prime Minister put the India-US partnership in the context of the changing global situation in meeting with Rex Tillerson.

10pm: Five US Senators have asked US President Trump to use his meeting with PM Modi as an opportunity to discuss India’s “discriminatory” policies against foreign religious and humanitarian organisations.

9.45pm:

9.30pm: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on PM Modi and discussed ways to boost India-US strategic ties ahead of the Indian leader’s first meeting with President Trump.

Tillerson met Modi at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental, where the Indian PM is staying. Earlier, US Defence Secretary James Mattis also called on Modi.

9.20pm:

9.15pm: After the dinner, Prime Minister Modi will leave for his hotel.

9.10pm: After the cocktail reception, Trump will hold a dinner for Modi and his delegation from 3.30am to 5.30am IST.

8.55pm: After the joint opening statements, Modi, Trump and their delegations will attend a cocktail reception hosted by US Vice President Mike Pence.

8.49pm: Modi and Trump will then deliver joint opening statements to the press from 2.40am to 3am IST.

8.45pm: The one-on-one meeting will be followed by an hour-long delegation-level talks between India and the US from 1.40am to 2.40am IST.

8.33am: Modi and Trump will have a one-on-one meeting at the White House for 20-minutes between 1.20am and 1.40am IST.

8.30pm: Modi has said the partnership between the businesses of India and the US can bear enormous fruits, worth many billions of dollars over the next decade. “The transformation of India presents abundant commercial and investment opportunities for American businesses. The rollout of the Goods and Services Tax on July 1 will, in a single stroke, convert India into a unified, continent-sized market of 1.3 billion people,” Modi wrote in an Op-ed article published in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday.

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