India and US are ‘natural partners’:  PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India and US are ‘natural partners’ and both would play an important role in global politics.

Speaking at the event in Ahmedabad where he was welcoming the visiting US president Donald Trump, Modi said, “In the 21st century, new alignments, new competition, new challenges and new opportunities are laying the foundation for change. The relationship and cooperation of India and America will have an important role in setting the direction of the 21st century world. I am clear that India and America are Natural Partners.”

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Modi asserted that the two nations can make an effective contribution not only in the Indo-Pacific Region, but in the peace, progress and security of the whole world. “Therefore, I believe that President Trump coming to India at the beginning of this decade is a very big opportunity,” PM Modi said.

Modi said, “Today, 130 crore Indians are jointly building New India. Our youthful strength is full of aspirations.”

This assertion came closely on the heels of endorsement from Trump who not only heaped praise on his ‘friend’ Modi for winning the “largest democratically held elections”, but stating India has a right to defend itself. It’s no secret that India is one of the largest strategic partners of the US, regardless of the glitches between the two in terms of sealing a trade deal. And both Trump and Modi means business. As Trump announced of a helicopter sell to India and possibly partnering with India after its Chandrayan, India’s lunar satellite launch, Modi nodded in agreement.

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“Today, the country that is India’s largest trading partner is America. Today, the country with which Indian armies are practicing the most is America. Today, the country with which India has the most extensive research and development partnership is America,” said Modi.

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