Trump approves $2B sale of drones to India ahead of meeting

Posted June 25, 2017

Children at the village waved placards of Modi and Trump and a huge banner of the USA president describing his Indian counterpart as "very energetic". "Modi will have two options: to engage in similar adulation, seeking to submissively gain Trump's trust, or alternatively go for a hardball approach, transactionally setting out India's core interests".

"His first visit with Obama was more of a social event".

Such a sale of sensitive military hardware must be authorized by the State Department before being sent to Congress for review.

India, a big buyer of United States arms that was recently named by Washington as a major defence ally, wants to protect its 7,500- km coastline as Beijing expands its maritime trade routes and Chinese submarines increasingly lurk in regional waters. India's archrival Pakistan would also likely be opposed to the drone sale.

Defence is expected to be a major agenda item when Trump hosts Modi at the White House next week.

Noting that India is the indispensable country for addressing climate change, Asia Society Policy Institute Director of Asian Sustainability Jackson Ewing said India embodies the core climate debate about how much emerging economies should rely on fossil fuels for their development needs.

Modi said the Netherlands is India's sixth largest trading partner in the European Union and fifth largest investment partner globally.

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His remarks come amid growing concerns in India over the crackdown on H-1B visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals.

In the video, two officials are seen attempting to open the door of the vehicle Modi is sat in, but they quickly change their minds for mysterious reasons.

"When they've done polling, there's a very positive feeling toward India and the kind of assistance - they've assisted in the education sector, the health sector".

The other area of focus will be counter-terrorism.

The two sides have stepped up efforts in recent weeks to get inter-agency clearance for the sale of the Guardian drone, made by California-based General Atomics. Next week is energy week and it's a good time to highlight the partnership.

The H-1B visa programme has been the most favoured route by IT companies to send Indian engineers to the U.S., and the Indian IT industry has always been accused of misusing the current system to send more people to the United States, it added.

Contributing to the success of this visit, as in previous visits, will be the increasingly well-organised, civically and politically active, and influential Indian American community.