No country questioned surgical strikes, says Modi

Posted June 26, 2017

PM Modi, during his meeting with the CEOs of top 20 American firms, also said that India attracted the largest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) as a result of the NDA government's policies in the last three years.

In a round table interaction with the group, including Tim Cook of Apple, Satya Nadella from Microsoft, Sunder Pichai from Google, John Chambers from Cisco and Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Modi listed out steps taken by his government in the last three years and next moves.

Modi is also expected to seek assurances on the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative that facilitate USA arms technology transfers to India, Bloomberg reported.

"It is a different matter for those who had to suffer due to the surgical strikes", Modi said, taking another jibe at Pakistan, amid laughter from the audience.

Among other CEOs present at the meeting were Shantanu Narayen from Adobe, Ajay Banga from Mastercard, David Farr from Emerson, Doug McMillon and Punit Renjen from Deloitte Global. But analysts and strategist are speculating it more of a business meeting, where Trump and his administration might try to pitch India its defense products or proposal to setup Nuclear energy power plant to counter Russia's presence in energy sector.

Officials were eager to downplay expectations of the visit, describing it as "no frills" - in contrast to Mr Modi's first USA visit in 2014, when he basked in a rock star welcome at Madison Square Garden in NY and addressed the United Nations. "Both leaders are on the same page", Kumar said. "The US and India are both committed to combating all forms of terrorism and strengthening their cooperation in areas such as terrorism screening, intelligence and information sharing, terrorist use of the internet, and terrorist designation", the White House official said. They also mentioned social initiatives being undertaken by their companies in India, in spheres such as women empowerment, digital technology, education and food processing. There is a glaring clash of visions in Trump's America First promise of restoring U.S. primacy in manufacturing and Modi's Make in India plan.

Netanyahu, while speaking at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting, said, "Next week, the Indian Prime Minister, my friend, Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel, This is a historic visit to Israel".

"Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday".

He noted that in the RHC rally held in New Jersey in October a year ago, the then presidential candidate Trump had declared that India and the United States will be best friends and this meeting is "just the start of that".

Prime Minister Modi will next meet United States President Donald Trump and would be the first world leader to have a working dinner with the latter at the White House. The White House has said it was "seeking to roll out the red carpet" for PM Modi.

Of the newly approved decisions, Netanyahu said they are "an additional expression of Israel's enhanced worldwide position in recent years, as we strengthen the State of Israel".

The White House has also made clear its desire to reform the H-1B visa that in the past allowed thousands of Indian technology workers to make their way to Silicon Valley.

Upgrading US-India relations is a safe and winning long-term bet for an administration facing a surfeit of near-term challenges and bad press.

"So I think India will largely welcome some of what's being talked about by Trump and his advisers". The Modi government, on its part, wants stronger commitment from the Trump administration to fight Pak-based terror groups, including JeM and LeT.