India and the United States jointly agreed to fight against terrorism and increase economic cooperation. This commitment was reiterated in the meeting of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump on Monday on a visit to America. It was the first session of both the leaders. After the delegation-level talks with Trump, Modi said at a joint press conference, “Fighting against terrorism and destroying terrorists’ bases will be an important part of our cooperation.”
He said, “We will strengthen cooperation in the context of our shared concerns on terrorism, intelligence inputs will be shared, and policy coordination will also be done.”
Modi said that both countries have agreed to increase cooperation to deal with global challenges like fundamentalism, extremism, and terrorism.
Modi’s statement came a few hours after the US announced Monday that Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen, was declared a global terrorist.
He said that India is committed to peace in Afghanistan and its top commitment is to rebuild the country.
The Prime Minister said, “India and America are working together to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan.”
He also said that US President Trump has agreed to strengthen maritime trade and cooperation.
Modi stated that the interest of India is strong and fruitful in the US and America’s interest lay in the strong and developed India at the international level.
Modi said that various issues related to Indo-US relations were discussed with his Trump. He said, “We consider America as an important partner in many important programs.”
The Prime Minister said that trade, commerce, and investment between the two countries are important areas of cooperation.
He said, “We are also looking at the possibility of cooperation in technology, innovation, and knowledge-based economy.”
Modi also invited Trump and his family to come to India.
At the same time, Trump said that terrorism had influenced both India and the United States and “we are committed to destroying terrorist organizations and the fundamentalist ideology which encourages them.”
He said, “Our army is working continuously to increase cooperation and coordination between the forces, and next month they will be the biggest military parade in the Indian Ocean along with the Japanese Navy.”
The President of the United States said that he has a deep respect for India’s rich culture, heritage, and tradition.
He said that this time India would celebrate its 70th anniversary of independence and it wants to congratulate the Indian people on behalf of the United States.
He said, “During my election campaign, I had said that if I were elected, then India would be a true friend in the White House, and now you have it ‘a true friend.'”
Trump said that he is keen to work together with Modi on the creation of jobs in both countries, development of both economies and fair and mutually beneficial business relations.