Donald Trump and Narendra Modi meet in Japan

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28 Jun 2019

India-US have never been closer, says Trump after meeting Modi

The ties between the United States and India have never been better, President Donald Trump said on Friday after meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G20 summit, being held in Japan's Osaka.

Trump also congratulated PM Modi for his thumping victory in the summer elections saying he "deserved it".

The leaders discussed a plethora of issues, including trade.

Here's more.

Summit

G20 provides platform to world leaders to discuss important matters

G20 provides platform to world leaders to discuss important matters

Leaders of G20 (or group of 20) countries flocked to Japan for the two-day summit which will end on June 29, to discuss pressing issues.

This time the leaders will focus on climate change, artificial intelligence, global and digital economy, among other topics.

This is also the first mega-event which PM Modi is attending after India blessed BJP with a historic mandate in polls.

Ties

Understanding the importance of Trump and Modi's meeting

PM Modi's meeting with Trump comes at a time when ties between both countries have been strained.

In June, Washington withdrew its long-standing trade concessions to India and also imposed higher duties on products like steel and aluminum.

Subsequently, India slapped tariffs on 28 products, including almonds and walnuts. A defense deal which India is about to sign with Russia also miffed the US.

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Before meeting, Trump demanded withdrawal of higher tariffs

Before meeting, Trump demanded withdrawal of higher tariffs

In fact, before the much-awaited meeting with PM Modi, Trump slammed tariffs. In a tweet, he wrote that India put high tariffs against the US for years, which were further increased recently.

"This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn, (sic)" he added.

Trump lamented at higher tariffs earlier as well and had even called India "tariff king" once.

Meeting

PM Modi and Trump met after Japan-America-India trilateral meeting

Interestingly, Trump's demeanor after the bilateral meeting was in deep contrast with the sentiment he displayed in the tweet.

Notably, PM Modi and Trump met shortly after the Japan-America-India trilateral meeting, which was attended by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.

In a press interaction, Trump appreciated PM Modi's work. "You have done a great job in pulling together," he said.

Trump was all praises for PM Modi

Statement

Trump promised to work with New Delhi

Trump promised to work with New Delhi

PM Modi and Trump spoke about Iran, 5G, bilateral and defense relations.

"We have become great friends and our countries have never been closer. I can say that with surety. We will work together in many ways including military, we will be discussing trade today," Trump said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who came to India earlier this week, also attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, PM Modi called the meeting productive

Details

Separately, PM Modi discussed terrorism with BRICS leaders

Later, PM Modi also met with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) leaders and revealed his views on regional and global cooperation.

He spoke about curtailing terrorism. "Terrorism not only targets the innocent, but it also creates an environment that is dangerous. We must all make it a priority to do all we can to curb and end terrorism," he said.

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Where is G20 summit being held?

Asked 2019-06-28 10:48:06 by Aanya Sharma

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G20 summit is being held in Japan's Osaka. Japan is hosting the summit for the first time.

Which countries form the G20?

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The countries which are part of G20 are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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The US stripped India of long-standing trade concessions and also imposed higher duties on products like steel and aluminum. In response, India raised tariffs on 28 products, including almonds and walnuts, increasing trade tensions between both countries.

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Donald Trump congratulated PM Modi on his election victory and said India and US ties have never been better.

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