US lawmakers urge Trump to press India's Modi on trade, investment


Narendra Modi US visit: Indian-Americans have made enormous contribution to the US in the fields of art and culture and their role in the government is "profound", a top lawmaker here has said ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interaction with the influential Indian diaspora. India's economy is one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world. "We hope that the outcome on the issue is positive for Indians and at the same time does not anger Americans as well". "This visit provides an opportunity for relationship building". The White House has said it was "seeking to roll out the red carpet" for PM Modi. Together they have more than 60 million followers on their personal accounts.

After US pull-out from the Paris Agreement, global climate change agenda led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel rests exclusively on China and India. The prospect of change is making Indian outsourcing firms increasingly nervous.

"We are pleased that the USA government has cleared the way for the sale of the MQ-9B Guardian to the Indian government", Linden Blue, CEO of the manufacturer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, said in a statement.

Netanyahu said, "Relations between Israel and India have become closer than ever before in recent years".

"Some of the defense systems we're talking about, we don't believe that they represent a threat to Pakistan", the official said.

Since taking office in 2014, Modi has been trying to boost India's manufacturing industry, under a program called "Make in India". "U.S. companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that".

Apple recently began assembling iPhones in India, while defense manufacturing giant Lockheed Martin will make and export F-16 fighter jets from the country if it wins a big order from the Indian Air Force. The US president had also lashed out at India for negotiating the Paris climate deal for their advantage and walking away with billion in aid.

Securing agreement on the purchase of the drones is seen in New Delhi as a key test of defence ties that flourished under former President Barack Obama but have drifted under Trump, who has courted Asian rival China as he seeks Beijing's help to contain North Korea's nuclear programme.

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That could change very quickly.

US lawmakers from both parties urged Trump to push India to drop restrictions on trade and investment.

Congratulating the Indian space scientists, the Prime Minister noted that India's Mars Mission has completed 1,000 days on June 19, though its life was initially deemed to be just six months.

With Indian technology being piloted in global markets like the USA, we would need U.S. policymakers to support Indian businesses going to the US.

Modi is unlikely to commit to relaxing import restrictions further, they added.

"No meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security took place".

"Along with Jaiprakash Narayan, many prominent leaders were jailed". India hit back, saying there was "absolutely no reality" in his claim.

The working dinner that Trump is hosting for Modi is the first of its kind under the current USA administration.