PM Modi, President Trump hold talks, finalised defence deals worth USD 3 billion

PTI

PM Narendra Modi meets with US President DonaldTrump  at Hyderabad House, New Delhi. (Twitter image)

PM Narendra Modi meets with US President Donald Trump at Hyderabad House, New Delhi. (Twitter image)

India and the US on Tuesday finalised defence deals worth USD 3 billion, and signed three MoUs, including one in energy sector, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted that the two countries have decided to take Indo-US ties to comprehensive global partnership level.

The unprecedented and historic welcome given to President Trump in India will be remembered, PM Modi said and added that the relations between the two countries are not merely confined to governments but are people-driven.

“Defence cooperation between two countries is reflective of rising strategic partnership between India and US. We also agreed on new mechanism to contain drug trafficking” the Prime Minister said.

In his brief remarks at the start of official talks, PM Modi welcomed the US president and thanked him for taking time out for the visit to India.

President Trump, in turn, said the last two days in India were amazing, especially the event at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad.

“It was a great honour for me. I would imagine they (the people) were there maybe more for you than for me…125,000 people were inside. Every time I mentioned your name, there were cheers. People love you,” President Trump told PM Modi in front of the media.

Earlier, President Trump was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi welcomed Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The US president also received a tri-services guard of honour at the presidential palace.

The Trumps, who also paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial Rajghat here, arrived in Ahmedabad around noon on Monday for the first leg of their 36-hour India visit.

(PTI)