Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended his government's actions in Kashmir and, in thinly-veiled remarks, accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists during a packed rally in Texas attended by the U.S. president Donald Trump.
Trump on Tuesday compared Modi to Presley, the late American singer often referred to as the king of rock and roll, after Modi received a rock-star welcome Sunday in Houston.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with over 40 business leaders and American CEOs, highlighting the steps taken by India to build a Dollars 5 trillion economy.
Modi said that when he first talked about the Clean India campaign five years ago, there were "different reactions", but "if you are committed to your goal then these are of no importance". "People do not believe us but they believe them", the minister had said.
This was ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's meeting with President Trump on Monday.
He also ruled out any chance of a meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi, saying that before August 5, Pakistan tried everything and was rebuffed. "I think he wanted to try to blunt global criticism by demonstrating just how popular the move [to remove Kashmir's special status] was among Indians - including Indian Americans in the USA", said Kugelman. "In India, there's only need, no greed", PM Modi noted. "We look to the United States to put out flames in the world", he said.
"India and the US will soon have a trade deal to be followed by a bigger agreement later", US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday, suggesting that the two nations may be close to resolving current disputes.
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Last week, President Trump told reporters at a White House briefing that "a lot of progress" has been made in defusing India-Pakistan tensions and his statement has strengthened these speculations.
Addressing a press conference here at the UN Headquarters, he said the United Nations had special responsibility on Kashmir as the Security Council had adopted 11 resolutions pledging the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, too, had confirmed yesterday that India and the U.S. had made "significant progress" towards hammering out "a fair and reasonable deal".
The question that prompted Trump to shower "praises" for Indian journalists was 'Is there a roadmap to deal with the radical Islamic terror sir?' The Prime Minister also emphasised that India and the PSIDS have shared values and a shared future.
The premier is also expected to meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as well as with China's Vice President Wang Qishan.
"Through cricket friendships, I know India of Nehru and Gandhi. Before any claim their jets came and bombed us", he said, adding, "They took our offer as weakness". "I spoke to them, including US President Donald Trump, British PM Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel".
In addition, a concessional Line of Credit of $ 150 Million which can be availed by the PSIDS for undertaking solar, renewable energy and climate related projects based on each country's requirement was announced.