Washington, June 27: Handshakes, smiles and a bright sunny day in Washington is what was witnessed as United States President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at White House on Monday. With no awkward moments like Trump has shared with many global leaders, the official handshake went well and was followed by a short meeting inside the White House. However, there was no Modi hug as the two leaders shook hands.
Soon after being welcomed by the US President and the First Lady, Modi tweeted, “President has welcomed me with immense warmth. I thank him for the welcome: PM .”
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Hours ahead of meeting Trump, Modi also met United States Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson in Washington. He also met United States Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis. Meanwhile, just ahead of the crucial meeting, the US declared Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). Syed Salahuddin is also known as Mohammad Yusuf Shah and is the senior leader of the terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen. Reacting to this, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, “In general, it does vindicate India’s long standing position that cross border terrorism has been behind disturbances created in Kashmir.”
Meanwhile, Modi also wrote for the US journal The Wall Street Journal. Titled ‘For the US. and India, a Convergence of Interests and Values’, the article talks about the partnership between the US and India. “In an uncertain global economic landscape, our two nations stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation. Confidence in each other’s political values and a strong belief in each other’s prosperity has enabled our engagement to grow. A vision of joint success and progress guides our partnership,” wrote Modi.