India's prime minister to meet with Trump

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Bakshi told ANI that Prime Minister Modi's visit to the United States may not be as hyped as his first visit in 2014, but it is certainly imperative for the future of the country.

"We are trying to move it to the top of the agenda as a deliverable, this is something that can happen before all the other items", said one official tracking the progress of the drone discussions in the run-up to the visit.

Washington, Asserting that the US" ties with India and Pakistan were not a "zero-sum game', the White House has said that the Trump administration's priorities and the nature of relationship with the two countries were different.

Referring to his visit to the Netherlands on June 27, Modi said he will have an official meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and exchange views on important global issues, including counter-terrorism and climate change.

"He said in this particular case, the United States evaluates that this is an important way for America and India to cooperate on specific areas of mutual concern, and that both sides benefit from transferring the kind of high technology, the Trump administration has been talking about". This will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration. Large posters of Trump adorned with marigold flowers were placed throughout the village of mainly mud-brick houses for a renaming ceremony, which was presided over by village heads and an Indian charity.

Modi will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time via this tour on June 26 in Washington. It is also expected to establish a network of honorary ambassadors based in India and Portugal to guide start-ups from both countries.


The official said the White House hopes to encourage a "normalization of ties" between the India and Pakistan through bilateral dialogue. "General Atomics Aeronautical Systems is standing by to support the USA and Indian governments throughout this process". India's fast growing and increasingly more open economy are huge opportunities for the United States.

"There have been no immediate changes to visa applications and procedures, so we're not in position to prejudge what the outcome of that might be", the official said. "You have effortlessly gelled with the culture of the country", he added.

"This is an ongoing process, and we will continue to do it, as long as we continue to find skilled people".

As a pre-visit sweetener, the U.S. on Thursday approved the sale of 22 Guardian drones to the Indian air force, a deal worth $2bn to $3bn.

But there could be increased strains on trade issues.

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