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As Modi and Trump meet, sensitive issues remain behind doors

Modi also extended an invite to Ivanka Trump, daughter and adviser to US President Donald Trump, to come to India to lead the US delegation of entrepreneurs.

Highlights of the meeting: India-US relations have never been so stronger: President Trump: President Donald Trump declared Monday that ties between Washington and New Delhi had never been stronger after holding his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"It is with the help of Netherlands that India successfully got membership of Missile Technology Control Regime past year, thank you", Modi said during a press statement at Catshuis in the Hague.

Trump said that he looked forward to working with Modi to create jobs in both countries, to grow both economies, and to create a trading relationship that was fair and reciprocal.

Speaking after their meeting in the White House Rose Garden, Trump recalled his previous campaign pledge, that if elected, India would have a true friend in the White House.

In this context, the phrase "Kashmir to Kanyakumari" that is cited not by Modi alone but many other leaders, is not completely accurate either.

Seeking to downplay potential policy conflicts, Modi suggested that economic growth was not a zero-sum game.

Modi said he and Trump "discussed the serious challenges of terrorism, extremism, and radicalization, which are the major challenges facing the world today".

He also said: "If you want to give back to India, this is the best time to do so". But it was the same folksy, effusive greeting Modi has used with Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, and a host of foreign dignitaries and celebrities, from former French President Francois Hollande, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood's Hugh Jackman.

As they met, a Pentagon agency said the US State Department has approved the possible sale to India of a Boeing C-17 transport aircraft with an estimated cost of $366 million.

While, earlier this month, Trump singled out India during his announcement declaring the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. "We also discussed global issues and our common strategic interests in this country", the prime minister said.

Modi thus said India "would keep up close discussion and correspondence with the US" to accomplish the joint objective of "peace and security".

The minister said the main objective of the visit was to further strengthen Indo-US relations, besides sharing perspectives on a wide range of regional and global issues including the menace of terrorism, trade and economic cooperation. He had emphasised that the USA considers India "a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around world".

Modi thanked Trump for "providing great leadership" and hailed his "vast and successful experience in the business world".

The US-India Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) remains the premier forum for deepening collaboration on defence co-development and co-production, it said. "I deeply appreciate your strong commitment to the enhancement of our bilateral relations".

Trade and security issues are expected to top the agenda for their talks at the White House, after which they are due to issue joint statements.

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