Confident about 'growing convergence' between India and US: PM Modi in Wall Street Journal
Modi and Trump are due to hold afternoon talks and a working dinner at the White House, though no press conference is scheduled. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is due to meet US President Donald Trump later today, in an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal said he is confident about the “growing convergence” between India and the US.
Modi said the relations between two nations are strengthened by “shared values and the stability of our systems”.
Today’s much-awaited meeting will be Modi’s first face to face meeting with the US president since he took office in January this year.
Modi brimmed with optimism about the future of trade and diplomatic relations between the two nations in his piece.
"In an uncertain global economic landscape, our two nations stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation," Modi wrote.
"Whenever India and the US work together, the world reaps the benefits."
Talking about bilateral trade, Modi wrote that it is poised for a “multifold increase”. He said Indian companies are adding value to the manufacturing and service sectors in the US.
“American companies have likewise fueled their global growth by investing more than $20 billion in India,” he adds.
Modi met the country’s top CEOs in Washington on Sunday.
Google's Sundar Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook and Adobe's Shantanu Narayen were among those in attendance at the roundtable of 20 heads of companies that took place at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental.
The Indian PM made a pitch for investment by US companies in India, highlighting India's growth and reforms such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST). He said American companies had a "great opportunity" to contribute to India's growth, a "win-win partnership for both countries".