US would like nuclear deal with India to go forward

US would like nuclear deal with India to go forward
US would like nuclear deal with India to go forward
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24 June, 2017

U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Mark Warner wrote in March to Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson saying the Guardian deal, estimated at more than $2 billion, would advance U.S. national security interests and protect U.S.jobs. "We very much support continued negotiations between Westinghouse and its Indian partners".

USA officials expect a relatively low-key visit by Modi, without the fanfare of some of his previous trips to the United States, and one geared to giving the Indian leader the chance to get to know Trump personally and to show that he is doing so.

A huge billboard declaring "Welcome to Trump Village" in Hindi and English, accompanied with a beaming portrait of the U.S. president, was unveiled in the tiny hamlet officially known as Marora, in the largely agriculture northern state of Haryana.

Counter-terrorism would be another major area of discussion. We will deliberate on means to intensify our cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other worldwide issues of mutual interest.

Among other things, Modi and Trump will also be discussing global cooperation and things like burden-sharing. India and Pakistan should engage in direct talks and seek a normalization of ties, the official said. "This includes freedom of navigation and overflight", the official asserted.

India has raised the issue of the drones with the Pentagon three times since June 2016, officials said.

"Right now, two-way trade in goods and services totals over United States dollars 114 billion".

Modi's USA visit would begin on 25 June. "It is an important relationship and that will come through in the meetings", the official emphasized.

Indian Energy companies have signed over Dollars 32 billion in long-term contracts for the export of US-produced liquefied natural gas, including from Louisiana and Maryland, he said.

Jaishankar also met other senior officials at the State Department.

The Sulabh Sanitation and Reform Movement leader Pathak, during a programme in Washington a few days ago, had announced to name an Indian village after Trump, as part of his efforts to strengthen relation between the countries, it said.

Defence expert Uday Bhaskar opined that the visit is important, primarily for Prime Minister Modi to get assurance that President Trump will continue the bilateral relationship along the track that had been identified by earlier presidents George Bush and Barack Obama. For one, they are the world's two most followed political leaders on social media. "They're both innovators, they're both businessmen, they're committed to bringing greater prosperity to their people and thinking about innovative ways to do that", the official noted. So they're right in line with this administration's priorities.


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