Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

PM on surgical strikes

The Prime Minister met the top US CEOs and interacted with the Indian diaspora on the first day of his US visit.

India conducted surgical strikes on terror pads across the Line of Control on September 29 previous year, 11 days after the Uri attack which claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers.

"If there s one thing we want (from the visit), it s chemistry", said one senior Indian official.

Further, officials said, the PM called for cooperation among startups for bringing in innovation to "tap the huge education and vocational training potential in India". "We held extensive discussions on opportunities in India+", Modi tweeted after the meeting, which lasted for about 90 minutes and included, Sunder Pichai of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Tim Cook of Apple.

"But when India conducts surgical strike, the world understands India is a patient country but if required, it knows how to demonstrate its ability", said Modi.

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India's growth presents a win-win partnership for the country and the U.S., and American companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that, Modi told the CEOs. American companies have a great opportunity to contribute to that, Mr. Modi told the CEOs.

On GST, Mr. Modi said its implementation is a complex task that may well turn out to be "a subject of studies in USA business schools". "I humbly state that whatever work my government has done in the last three years, till now there is not even one taint or blot on this government".

The prime minister also spoke about the surgical strike on militant camps in Pakistan across the LoC in September 2016.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his four day tour to Portugal, the U.S. and the Netherland from 24 June to 28 June. While addressing the community, PM Modi said that that he has travelled across United States of America before he became a Chief Minister or Prime Minister but after taking over as PM, the warmth the Indian community gave is memorable.

Meanwhile, speaking of change in the functioning of the Indian embassy everywhere, Modi lauded External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her pro-active actions to help "Indians anywhere". "The way Sushma Swaraj has worked and helped every Indian overseas is commendable".

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Prime Minister will meet President Donald Trump today.

The two leaders will spend around five hours together - beginning with a bilateral discussion, delegation-level talks, followed by a reception and a working dinner. Defence cooperation, the US trade deficit with India, counter-terrorism efforts and regional tensions are expected to be discussed between the two leaders.

Then Trump accused India of seeking to profit from the Paris climate accord as he announced he was pulling out of the deal this month - drawing sharp denials from New Delhi. While the American position is yet to be clearly defined, the issue would predictably be passed over on grounds that it is a policy in the making which is still undergoing scrutiny and review.

The Trump administration's review of the visa programme for bringing to the USA highly skilled foreign workers is another solid bone of contention between the two countries.

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