PM Modi is a good friend, but India tough trade negotiator says US President Donald Trump!

After Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India, the perception of India in the eyes of foreign leaders has completely changed. India which was mostly depicted as weak is now considered one of the most tough players in the global market. Be in terms of economy, diplomatic relation, trade, defence, India has gained global attention.

PM Modi who visited almost every country with whom India has trade relationship with, built a special bond with them and changed their perception about India for good.US which has always had a tricky relation with India, for the first time valued our friendship just for the reason India was growing strong and realised going against India would not serve their purpose.

Be it Obama or the present President Donald Trump have been in the fore front to cherish and value their relation with India and PM Modi. First it was Obama who had described PM Modi as his good friend and praised him number of times for his tough stance and developmental schemes. Now it is Donalad Trump who has come in open support for PM Modi valuing his friendship.

Donald Trump who was celebrating Diwali by lighting the ceremonial Diya in the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House had all praise for India and PM Modi saying “The United States has deep ties to the nation of India and I am grateful for my friendship with Prime Minister Modi,”

He added “We’re trying very hard to make better trade deals with India. But, they’re very good traders. They’re very good negotiators. You would say right. The best. So we’re working. And it’s moving along,” Trump said referring to the India-US trade deal negotiations that have started between the two largest democracies of the world, reported PTI.

The US President also acknowledged his friendship with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and added that his daughter Ivanka, who was the first top official of the Trump administration to travel to India, is also friends with him.

“Modi is my friend and now her (Ivanka) friend and has great respect for India and the Indian people that I can say,” he said as he introduced Ivanka to the audience. Indian Express

Along with nearly two dozen top Indian American officials of his Administration, President Trump had invited the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, his wife Dr Avina Sarna, and his special assistant Pratik Mathur to the White House Diwali celebrations, a rare gesture. Sarna said the two countries are “looking at one of the best times we ever had in India-US relationship.” “I think, that’s true. Very close, closer than ever before,” said the US President.

“India is the world’s largest democracy and the relationship between our two countries connect as a bulwark for freedom, prosperity, and peace,” PTI quoted him as saying.

In his remarks, Trump welcomed senior Indian American officials gathered at the White House for Diwali celebration.
“As we light the Diya in the White House we are joined by in a fellowship with all of those who light lamps in their own home, cities and places of worship. America is a land of faith and we are truly fortunate to have these wonderful traditions woven into the tapestry of our national life. And that is true,” he said.

“I’m honored to host this beautiful ceremony at the White House. Very, very special people. We’re gathered today to celebrate a very special holiday observed by Buddhist, Sikhs and Jains throughout the United States and around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have gathered with family and friends to light the Diya and to mark the beginning of a New year: very special new year,” he said.

“Our nation is blessed to be home to millions of hardworking citizens of Indian and South East Asian heritage to enrich our country in countless ways. Together we are one proud American family. Do we agree with that? I think so. I think we do. Right? Better, believe it,” he said. Indian Express

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