On India visit, Trump announces $3 billion defence deal
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seated at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of people in the northwestern city are expected to greet Trump on Monday for a road show leading to a massive rally at what has been touted as the worlds largest cricket stadium. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Feb 24: Massive bonhomie was at display at the ‘Namaste Trump’ event in
Ahmedabad on Monday as both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President
Donald Trump heaped praises on each other in their speeches in a jam-packed
Motera Cricket Stadium, the world’s biggest.
that India now holds a special place in the hearts of Americans, Trump said,
“America loves India, America respects India and America will always be
faithful and loyal friends to the Indian people.”
also announced defence deals between the two countries worth 3 billion dollars.
make the greatest weapons ever made. Airplanes. Missiles. Rockets. Ships. We
make the best and we’re dealing now with India. But this includes advanced
air-defense systems and armed and unarmed aerial vehicles,” Trump told the
week, India cleared $2.6 billion purchase from Lockheed Martin Corp. of 24
multi-role MH-60R Seahawk maritime helicopters to Indian navy.
US State Department has also approved a potential sale to India of $1.8 billion
in arms, including air-defense radars and missiles, rifles and other equipment,
the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced.
also reiterated his pledge that the U.S. would make a significant trade deal
are in the early stages of discussion for an incredible trade agreement to
reduce barriers of investment between the United States and India,” he said.
“And I am optimistic that, working together, the prime minister and I can reach
a fantastic deal that’s good and even great for both of our countries.”
the countries, he said, had been hurt by terrorism and are united in defending
citizens from its threat. “Our borders will always be closed to terrorists
and extremists. Anyone who threatens our security, will pay a big price,”
he said amidst a loud cheer.
my administration we unleashed the full power of American military on
bloodthirsty killers of ISIS. Today ISIS” territorial caliphate is 100 per
cent destroyed. Monster Al Baghdadi is dead,” he said.
mentioning Jammu & Kashmir which was reorganised and whose special status
was withdrawn by the Modi government last year inviting censure from Democrats
in the US, President Trump made an oblique comment seemingly in support of India.
“Every nation has a right to exercise its sovereignty and secure its
borders,” he said. Incidentally, this has been the official line of India
in response to the criticism in the US and negative campaign run by Pakistan.
he also indicated that the US was keen on taking Pakistan along for the sake of
security. “Since (I have) taken office, my administration is working in a
very positive manner with Pakistan to crackdown on the terrorist organisations
and militants that operate on Pakistani border. Our relationship with Pakistan
is a good one. There are big signs of progress for greater stability and peace
of all the nations in South Asia,” he said.
PM Modi a “tough negotiator”, Trump also announced that both the countries are
chalking out “the biggest ever trade deals” on his visit to India.
his “great friend” PM Narendra Modi, Trump said, “Modi, you are not just the
pride of Gujarat but you are a living example that with hard work Indians can
achieve anything they want. Everybody loves him… but I will tell you this… he
is very tough.”
his address at the stadium, Trump also made a mention of Modi’s early life as a
India’s space mission Chandrayaan II, Trump said, “The US is looking forward to
cooperating with you. US and India will be partners in our journey to the
the diversity of India, Trump said, “India is the country that has always been
admired and where millions of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, and Christians
worship side by side. You have always stood strong as one great Indian nation.”
a crowd of more than 1,00,000 people, the US President said, “Under PM Modi,
villages in India have access to electricity. Over 300 million more have got
internet connection. India will soon become the home to the world’s largest
middle class. What is impressive is that India has achieved all this as a
democracy and as a tolerant country. India’s achievement is unrivalled.”
of the Indian nation is a tale of extraordinary diversity, world’s largest
democracy, strong and noble people,” he said, praising India for exhibiting
“confidence in its own people, trust in its people.”
also touched on India’s cultural diversity and riches as he highlighted the
success of its blockbuster movies like DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge) and
Sholay, and its sporting icons like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli. “Five
months ago, the United States welcomed your great Prime Minister at a giant
football stadium in Texas and today, India welcomes us at the world’s largest
cricket stadium right here in Ahmedabad,” he added, thanking India for its
Trump’s speech, addressing the Namaste Trump event, Modi said history is being
scripted at the Motera Stadium. “Five months ago, I started my journey with
Howdy Modi. And today, my great friend Trump has started his journey in India
in Ahmedabad with ‘Namaste Trump’. After the long journey, Trumps made their
way to the Sabarmati Ashram,” said Modi, while welcoming them to the “biggest
democracy in the world.” He also made the crowd chant “long live India-US
Donald Trump for strengthening India-US ties, Modi said, “India-US relations
are no longer just another partnership. It is a far greater and closer relationship.
One is ‘land of the free’,the other believes the world is one family. One feels
proud of ‘Statue of Liberty’ the other feels proud of ‘Statue of Unity’. Trump
thinks very big. The entire world has seen his efforts and his leadership.”
is Trump’s first visit to India. Following the event, the US President will
leave for Agra. Thereafter, he will travel to Delhi where he is expected to
wrap up issues related to trade and defence.