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Modi-Trump meeting likely to be low-key

26 Juin 2017

India's leader heads to the USA this weekend for his first meeting with President Donald Trump, seeking to build on growing ties between the world's two largest democracies and move beyond disagreements over climate change.

"We anticipate that their discussions will be broadranging, hitting on a variety of regional and global issues that would seek to advance our common priorities, including fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and prosperity", the official said, briefing reporters at the White House.

Calling corruption as the root cause due to which "the previous governments were changed in India", Modi said his government has emerged corruption-free in the last three years.

"Whenever the need arises we have done it and the world will never be able to stop us", he said. With Trump looking to revitalize American businesses, India's desire to buy U.S. arms could go down well with the administration.

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During his visit, Modi will also meet top American CEOs of global giants, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, here, with issues ranging from visas, investment and job creation expected to occupy centerstage during the discussions.

"When India did surgical strikes the world experienced our power and realised that India practices restraint but can show power when needed", PM Modi said in the address at the Ritz Carlton hotel. The Trump Organization has licensed the president's name to five real estate projects in India, and Trump visited Mumbai on business before becoming president.

Trump has been previously bullish on the potential of India's fast-growing economy, viewing it as a good place for foreign investment.

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In his conference with USA business honchos, Prime Minister Modi stressed that the whole world is looking at India today adding that growth for New Delhi also presents a win-win partnership for the United States.

"India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions of dollars in foreign aid from developed countries".

A proposed overhaul of H-1B visas - used by thousands of Indian software engineers to work in the United States - has also caused concern in New Delhi.

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But since his election, Trump has sent out different indications on Pakistan and China - two key strategically important issues for India. The Modi government, on its part, wants a stronger commitment from the Trump administration to fight Pak-based terror groups, including JeM and LeT.

Infosys was the first to seize the initiative and has committed to employ 10,000 people from the U.S. and also set up a centre of excellence in the country.

"There are a lot of issues to talk about and when leaders discuss these, they give direction to their governments on how to proceed", said a person familiar with the developments.