rime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet US President Donald Trump in Washington in the last week of June, with terrorism emanating from Pakistan dominating the agenda, sources said on Sunday.
In his first meeting with Trump after the developer-turned-politician took over as the President in January, Modi is also expected to discuss India’s entry into the nuclear suppliers group, changes in the H-1B visa regime, defence ties between the two sides and China’s increasingly aggressive stance in east and south Asia.
While top Indian officials are tight-lipped about the dates of the visit, US government sources indicated Modi would be in Washington from June 26 to June 28. The two leaders could meet again in Hanover, Germany on the sidelines of the July 7-8 G-20 meeting.
Discussions on the agenda of the Modi-Trump meeting had begun with Indian ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna extending his New Delhi visit beyond the heads of mission meeting on May 7, sources in the ministry of external affairs said.
Modi and Trump were expected to work towards strengthening defence ties, with New Delhi set to clear the new strategic partners’ policy in the coming week, source said.
Under the plan, Indian defence majors will tie up with US firms to manufacture naval helicopters, submarines, armoured vehicles and single-engine fighters under the Modi government’s ambitious “Make in India” initiative. India is also interested in high-altitude long-endurance Predator drones.