In ‘open meet’, Modi, Trump talk trade, 5G, Iran issues

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a “very open and productive” meeting with US President Donald Trump, including on bilateral trade issues, as the two leaders pledged to provide a “strong leadership” to the world to address pressing global challenges like terrorism.
In ‘open meet’, Modi, Trump talk trade, 5G, Iran issues
Modi, who is in Osaka, Japan to attend the G20 Summit, thanked President Trump for expressing his “love towards India” in a letter delivered by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this week. The Prime Minister said that India stands committed to further deepen economic and cultural relations with the US and the two leaders discussed Iran, 5G, bilateral relations and defence ties on the sidelines of the summit.

Briefing reporters, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the meeting was “very open and productive”. On Iran, the foreign secretary said Modi outlined India’s energy concerns as well as worries over peace and stability in the region. He pointed out that although Iran supplies 11 per cent of India’s energy, it has reduced oil imports from Iran though it has affected the Indian economy.

On the issue of 5G telecommunications technology, Modi and Trump discussed the technical and business opportunities that this new area provides for cooperation between India and the US. The Modi-Trump meeting assumes significance as the US president,championing his ‘America First’ policy, has been a vocal critic of India for levying “tremendously high” duties on US products.

ON TRADE DISPUTES
Modi and Trump also “aired” their concerns over the bilateral trade disputes and agreed for an early meeting of their commerce ministers to sort out the issues, a day after the US leader demanded withdrawal of the “very high” tariffs levied by India on American goods.
PM’s MANY concerns
  • Modi voiced India’s concern over energy security and peace in the strategic Persian Gulf region in talks with Trump
  • Modi also presented his “5-I” vision to maximise digital technology for social benefit
  • Speaking at the informal BRICS leaders’ meeting in Osaka, Modi also described terrorism as the biggest threat to humanity

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