Washington, June 27: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met United States President Donald Trump at White House. As was the case with former President Barack Obama, PM Modi tried to build a personal rapport with the United States President Trump–the duo sealed their friendship with warm handshakes and hugs. Modi and Trump hugged each other twice as they made the joint statement in which they vowed to end radicalisation, extremism, and terrorism.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump into the White House. The couple led PM Modi inside where he and Trump held a one-on-one interaction with each other. Later, PM Modi and Donald Trump led the delegation-level talks between India and the United States.

PM Modi with POTUS Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump
PM Modi with POTUS Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump

Later, PM Modi and US President Donald Trump issued a joint statement in which they touched upon regional, economic, and global issues. Both leaders talked at length about the need for eradicating terrorism that is posing a threat to global peace. While Trump said that India and US will together end Islamic terrorism, Modi said that fighting terrorism was their top priority. Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on increasing exchange of intelligence between the two countries to combat terrorism. (Also read: Modi in the US: Watch what PM Modi said in opening statement before meeting Donald Trump)

Both Modi and Trump talked about bolstering strategic and economic ties. The duo talked about enhancing defense partnership and exchange of technology. While President Donald Trump praised India’s high economic growth, PM Modi called India and US global engines of growth. President Donald Trump announced Naval exercises between India, Japan, and the United States. Trump and Modi also discussed terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

“Trade, commerce and investment are key areas. Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas were are actively looking at,” said PM Modi. (Also read: Modi-Trump Joint Statement: Both sides commit to cooperate for eradicating terrorism)

“I am sure that convergence between my vision for ‘New India’ and President Trump’s vision to ‘Make America Great Again’ will add new dimensions to our cooperation,” he added.

PM Modi has also invited Trump’s daughter Ivanka to lead a delegation to India. (Also read: PM Narendra Modi invites Ivanka Trump to India for Global Entrepreneurship Summit)