US First Lady Melania Trump would join President Donald Trump to welcome the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House today. India's archrival Pakistan would also likely be opposed to the drone sale.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said India has now emerged as a business-friendly destination, more so with the upcoming implementation of landmark GST beginning next month, while asking CEOs of top United States companies to invest in the country. "We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism", he said. "Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation", PM Modi said.
But while much of the conversation around Modi's visit has centered on how Modi can ingratiate himself with Trump, some commentators in India are questioning the assumption that Modi's objective should be winning the American president's approval. "I am sure they will connect with each other and the outcome of the meeting will be very positive and set the stage for further strengthening of bilateral ties", he said.
"India has four decades' experience in fighting terrorism, and we share the USA administration's determination to defeat this scourge".
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the increasing "convergence" of US-Indian interests and values, as he prepared for his first face-to-face meeting Monday with President Donald Trump.
Although Modi's two-day Washington visit, which began Sunday, is lower-key than his previous three trips to the US since he took office in 2014, it has included plenty of face-time with Trump. India has taken a tough stand on Pakistan's support for terrorism by underscoring its concerns in various global fora about terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
Trump's protectionist instincts, however, are at odds with India's efforts to boost exports and encourage Western manufacturers to "Make In India"-a flagship Modi scheme".
"I think there's no clash there.Make in India is focused on trying to create jobs there, whereas Trump's policy of making America great again is creating jobs here", he said.
"During my campaign, I pledged that if elected, India would have a true friend in the White House". A one-on-one meeting between the two leaders is scheduled for 3.50 p.m. EDT, to be followed by talks involving top officials from both sides.
India is among the nations singled out by the Trump administration for their trade surpluses with the US, and it is also reviewing a visa program used heavily by skilled Indian workers.
"They could either hit it off amazingly or fall out completely", said Rajiv Kumar, an economist and author of the book "Modi and His Challenges", to my colleagues. U.S.is seeking stronger Indian protection of intellectual property rights, reductions in tariffs and narrowing of the $30 billion trade deficit.
"If India regresses from its non-alignment stance and becomes a pawn for the U.S. in countering China, it will be caught up in a strategic dilemma and new geopolitical frictions will be triggered in South Asia, it said".
His supporter from Chicago, Nirav Patel said Modi is an inspiration for young second-generation Indian-Americans.
Global Times even warned that growing India-US ties may lead to "catastrophic results".
Trump also called for the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and ballistic programs to be "rapidly" tackled, and thanked Modi for "joining us in applying new sanctions against Pyongyang".