PM Narendra Modi arrives in Netherlands to strengthen bilateral ties

Frederick Owens
June 27, 2017

Trump's handshake technique first set social media abuzz in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe weeks after the US president's January inauguration, when he grasped the Japanese leader's hand for a full 19 seconds.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met his Dutch counterpart during a brief stop in the Netherlands on his way home from meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. "This is a visit of vast importance, which will lead to cementing ties with a valued friend", Modi tweeted after arriving in the Netherlands' capital following a hectic United States visit. Past year the USA trade deficit with India neared $US31 billion ($A41 billion).

Both Secretaries reiterated the Trump administration's "strong desire to consolidate the gains made in the multidimensional ties", Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.

The two leaders, the joint statement said, resolved to pursue increased commercial engagement based on the principles of free and fair trade. "This is borne out of "sheer jealousy and guilt" as Prime Minister's every foreign visit holds mirror to the lost opportunities during the ten years of UPA rule", Naidu said.

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"I deeply appreciate your strong commitment to the enhancement of our bilateral relations", Modi told him. Modi is set to address them later in the day. During his visit, President Trump praised PM Modi for what he has done economically.

Modi also invited Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka for Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India, while acknowledging the invitation, Ivanka has accepted the invite.

"I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Mark Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations".

U.S. and India also resolved to further strengthen their collaboration in health, space, oceans, and other areas of science and technology.

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