Modi, Trump seek rapport despite friction on trade, immigration

Writing in a Wall Street Journal editorial published just ahead of their meeting, Modi said that in "an uncertain global economic landscape, our two nations stand as mutually reinforcing engines of growth and innovation". The Trump administration is set to authorize the sale of surveillance drones to India as the two nations' leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting on June 26.

Trump has focused on outreach to China, India's strategic rival, as he looks to Beijing to rein in North Korea. The deal is estimated to be worth about $2 billion. In a concrete indication of that, the U.S.is set to offer a $2 billion sale of USA -made unarmed drones to help in surveillance of the Indian Ocean. Blue added that it would "significantly enhance India's sovereign maritime domain awareness in the Indo-Pacific". That is important to the strategic partnership and for cooperation in areas like the Indian Ocean, and also creates USA jobs, said the official, who requested anonymity to brief reporters on the preparations for Modi's visit.

The Trump administration says it wants to provide India the kind of defense technology it does to the closest US allies. The South Asian nation, which has traditionally bought most of its defense equipment from Russian Federation, is looking to upgrade its capabilities.

Rick Rossow, an India expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the frictions in U.S. How much up we go depends on the leaders.

Modi, a Hindu nationalist, will be making his fourth visit to the U.S. since he took office in 2014. Modi will also have dinner with the president and first lady - the first dinner Trump has hosted for a foreign dignitary at the White House, although he has hosted the leaders of Japan and China at his resort in Florida.

The visit is likely to be lower key and aimed at building a personal bond between the two leaders, who have spoken twice by phone since Trump took office.

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He also stressed that the United States would continue to stay in close contact with all the concerned parties. Speaking on Sunday, Tillerson said the demands could be the basis of talks, according to Bloomberg .

Trump and Modi share a populist streak and a knack for social media, but their economic nationalist agendas could clash. Trump could take a tougher stance on giving military aid to Pakistan as he eyes broader budget cuts.

But there could be increased strains on trade issues.

On the eve of Modi's USA visit, the Trump administration had dismissed reports that it has been ignoring India, saying President Trump realises that the country has been a "force for good" in the world and ties with it were important.

Earlier this month, Trump said the USA would pull out of from the Paris climate agreement and accused India of negotiating unscrupulously for the accord in order to walk away with billions of dollars in aid.

He set the United States on a path to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement and accused India of negotiating unscrupulously for the accord in order to walk away with billions of dollars in aid.Meanwhile, Indian officials reject suggestions that Modi's "Make in India" platform is protectionist and complain about the USA regulatory process for generic pharmaceuticals and rules on fruit exports to the United States.They stress the importance of the huge Indian market to US companies and major growth in areas such as aviation, which offer significant opportunities for US manufacturers.Rick Rossow, an India expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the frictions in U.S.

A proposed overhaul of H-1B visas - used by thousands of Indian software engineers to work in the United States - has also caused concern in Delhi. India denies that and says it will continue to be part of the accord, regardless of USA participation.

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