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President to welcome India's prime minister Monday

26 Juin 2017

On the Goods and Services Tax (GST), PM Modi said its implementation is a complex task that may well turn out to be "a subject of studies in U.S. business schools". The meeting is grabbing the attention of nations across the world as PM Modi is the first foreign leader to be invited by the Trump administration for a "working dinner" at the White House.

The stage is set for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's maiden meeting with US President Donald Trump on Monday.

Washington D.C. (USA): Asserting that positive environment has enveloped India under his regime, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the Indian Diaspora in the United States assured that he will fulfill all their dreams they have for their motherland.

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

Modi also said that both India and Portugal were determined to deepen the cooperation in the fight against terrorism and religious extremism.

"The meeting between the two leaders is very significant, obviously, because the new administration's policies towards Asia and particularly India are not very clear", said Sujit Datta, foreign policy specialist at New Delhi's Jamia Millia Islamia University. "Social media has become very powerful". Any small win Modi might get from the trip will probably be enough to declare it worthwhile. There is a glaring clash of visions in Trump's America First promise of restoring U.S. primacy in manufacturing and Modi's Make in India plan.

On the other hand, a former high-ranking USA diplomat who served as ambassador to India in the early 1990s under President George H.W. Bush, Thomas Pickering, says he is concerned the two leaders will focus on short-term economic gains, at the expense of nurturing a longer-term strategic relationship.

"We are really seeking to roll out the red carpet", said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. -Indian relations despite differences over trade, the Paris climate accord and immigration.Their White House session promises less pomp than Modi's previous visits to Washington, which included former President Barack Obama taking him to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in 2014.

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During this visit, Modi will also interact with about 20 leading American CEOs in a meeting as well address an Indian-American community event in the DC suburb of Virginia.

Modi is unlikely to commit to relaxing import restrictions further, they added.

Posting a group picture of the prime minister with the CEOs, Bagley said, "strengthening the Indo-US economic partnership".

A senior Indian official voiced hope for "chemistry", while a U.S. official said the two men had a lot in common, noting that Modi would be the first foreign dignitary to have a working dinner at the White House under the new administration. He said the External Affairs Ministry is now connected with the poorest of the poor in the country. "These plans also showcase the enormous fruits of our relationships with enterprising USA partners-worth many billions of dollars over the next decade alone-together with concomitant new employment opportunities across both societies", he further wrote in his commentary.

"Deals like that is an easy way for both leaders to show wins".

While Modi is expected to lobby for US visas for technology workers from India, "anti-worker" Modi's Government has been criticized for generating fewer jobs, cracking down on labor rights and exclusively focusing on foreign investments in its three years in office. "We held extensive discussions on opportunities in India", Modi tweeted later.

President Trump's administration has meanwhile indicated it could take a tougher stance on Pakistan over harbouring terrorist groups.

Having roiled relations with Europe and causing dismay among allies in the Asia-Pacific by cosying up with China, Trump also needs to show the United States can retain and strengthen important partnerships.