Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump announce 'comprehensive global strategic partnership' in a joint conference

Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump announce 'comprehensive global strategic partnership' in a joint conference
<p>The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi meeting the President of United States of America (USA), Mr. Donald Trump, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on February 25, 2020. Source: Press Information Bureau.<br></p>
  • The leaders of the two countries held a joint press conference on the second day of US President Donald Trump's visit to India.
  • Trump said that the relationship between India and US has never been as good as it is right now.
  • The India Prime Minsiter said that the relationship between the two countries has expanded to 'comprehensive global strategic partnership'.
  • The following are the highlights of the statements made by Narendra Modi and Donald Trump.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
This is my fifth meeting with President Trump in the last eight months.

Yesterday, it was clear once again, the relationship between India and US is not just one between two governments but one that is people driven and they are people-centric. This is one of the most significant partnerships of the 21st century.

Therefore, today, President and I have decided to raise this relationship to the level of 'comprehensive global strategic partnership'.

In our talks today, we have had a constructive exchange on all aspects of this partnership from defence and security, energy strategic partnership, technology cooperation, global connectivity, trade relations, and people-to-people ties.

Our defence manufacturers are part of each other's supply chain. In the last few years, there was an unprecedented increase in interoperability between the two militaries.

We have decided to further strengthen the cooperation on Homeland security and to take steps against those who support terrorism.

President Trump has given priority to the war against opioids today we have a greed honour new mechanism to deal with drug trafficking narcotics and organised crime.

We have further solidified the recently established energy strategic partnership today. US has become a big source of energy for India in the recent years. In the last four years, the total bilateral trade on energy has been $20 billion, from renewables to nuclear, the cooperation is getting more energy.

In the same way, India and US partnership are setting new benchmarks in cooperation in Industry 4.0 and other new emerging technologies of the 21st century.

Indians talent has has enriched American companies with their leadership, democratic values, and culture.

India and US want open and fair and balanced rate are committed the last 3 years the bilateral trade has grown in double digits and it's become more balanced. Just four sectors⁠— energy, civil aviation, defence, and higher education⁠— have contributed send $70 billion to the bilateral trade between the two countries in the last 4-5 years. This has been possible because of some the policy decisions taken by President Trump. I am fully confident that in the days to come this number will rise significantly in the days to come.

As far as the bilateral trade is concerned, there have been constructive discussions between the two Commerce Ministries. President Trump and I have agreed to our respective teams will give legal shape to the understanding between the two Commerce ministers and to start negotiations on a trade deal.

The partnership between the two countries is based on shared democratic values and goals. Especially, in the area of Indo-Pacific and global commerce, this cooperation will be important to bring a rule-based order.

We agreed to push for sustainable and transparent financing in global connectivity. The synergies (between India and US) are not just beneficial to the two countries but to the world at large.

I have sought President Trump that the two sides must take forward the 'totalisation' process of 'social security' contributions by the Indian diaspora in US.

Donald Trump, US President:
I know Prime Minister Modi will agree that this has been productive discussion.

The two countries have expanded defence cooperation with agreements for India to purchase $3 billion American military equipment including Apache and MH 60 Romeo helicopters

India will purchase over $3 billion defence equipment including Apache and Romeo 360 helicopters.

Prime Minister and I agreed to protect our citizens from radical Islamic terrorism. United States is also working productively with Pakistan to confront terrorists who operate on its soil.

The Prime Minister and I are revitalising the QUAD initiative between India, US, Australia, and Japan. It seems more than a meeting of ministers with all the expanded cooperation on counter-terrorism, cyber security, and maritime security towards creating a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The two countries are united by shared traditions of democracy and constitution protect freedom rights and the rule of law.

During our visit, we discussed the importance of a secure 5G wireless network and the need for this emerging technology to be a a tool for freedom, progress, and prosperity and not to do anything with where it could be even conceived as a conduit of suppression and censorship; to guarantee that the infrastructure of the future is built in a safe, transparent, and accountable way.

United States is working with a range of partners including Australia and Japan to create the Blue Dart network initiative to ensure countries around the world have access to private sector-led sustainable options for high quality infrastructure development.

I am optimistic that we can reach a (bilateral trade) deal that will be of a great significance to both countries.

Yesterday, ExxonMobil reached an agreement to export more LNG (liquefied natural gas) to India.

US is pleased to announce that the US International Development Finance Organisation will set up office in India. It will help entrepreneurship particularly among Indian women.

The Prime Minister and I agreed to have a counter-narcotic working group to tackle the opioid crisis.

The relationship between the two countries has never been as good as it is right now because the two leaders.

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