During the three-day visit of PM Narendra Modi to the U.S., several crucial developments took place. Here are the important highlights:
- Use of strong words for Pakistan
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The joint statement went beyond the US’ usual lines and entailed strong wordings against Pakistan. Both the leaders pulled Pakistan for making its territory safe haven for the radical terrorist outfits and asked it to ensure that its territory is not used for the same.
They further asked Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai, Pathankot, and other cross border terrorist attacks perpetrated by Pakistan-based groups.
- Meeting of minds on dealing with terrorism
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Stressing that terrorism is a global scourge, both the leaders gave out a call to root out the safe havens from every part of the world. Also, both the leaders re-affirmed their commitments to strengthen their cooperation against terrorist threats from groups including al-Qaeda, ISIS, JeM, and others.
India appreciated the US’ move to designate Hizb-ul-Mujahideen leader as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist
- Sale of 22 Guardian unmanned aerial systems
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The US has cleared the sale of 22 unmanned Guardian drones to India, with the deal being termed as “game changer”. These drones will help the Indian Navy in keeping watch over the Indian Ocean. The deal would be the first such purchase by a country that is not a member of the NATO alliance.
- Positive response of top CEOs about India
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After PM Narendra Modi met top American CEOs of global giants, including Apple chief Tim Cook, Google head Sundar Pichai and told them about the opportunities both the countries have and role that the companies need to play in reaping them, they (CEOs) seem to be upbeat about continued future investment in India.
- Maritime Security and Data Sharing
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The two leaders also announced their intention to build on the implementation of the “White Shipping” data sharing arrangement. White Shipping data sharing arrangement refers to exchange of relevant advance information on the identity and movement of cargo ships.
They also determined to expand their engagements on shared maritime objectives and explore new exercises, while noting the importance of upcoming Malabar naval exercise. Malabar exercise is a trilateral naval exercise involving the United States, Japan and India as permanent partners, and Singapore and Australia as non-permanent partners.
- Shifting focus from the Indo-Pacific
While vowing to strengthen their relationship in the Indo-Pacific region, the language seems to be bit softer. This time the wording is more in line with Trump’s take on China.
- U.S. LNG for India
It is expected that from next year liquefied petroleum gas (LNG) from the U.S. will start flowing to India. Natural gas being the cleanest fossil fuels among available fuels, LNG import is much-needed to meet the increasing energy demand in India.
- Climate change not the agenda
Climate change, which was a major component of Mr. Modi’s engagement with Mr. Obama, has not been part of the agenda during this bilateral meet. US President Donald Trump has been quite vocal in opposing Paris climate treaty and termed it as a hoax perpetrated by China during his election campaign.
- Ivanka Trump in India Pic Credit: The Quint
The President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, will lead the U.S. delegation to Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). GES is key foreign policy initiative of former President Barack Obama to bring together global entrepreneurs and innovators, and India will be hosting its next edition.
- North Korea comes up
The two leaders also condemned the North Korea’s “continued provocations”. The leaders pledged to work together to counter North Korea’s weapons of mass destructions programs, including by holding accountable all parties that support these programs.