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Highlights: 'Path-breaking visit' says PM Modi as US Prez, first lady head home

On day 2 of Donald Trump's India visit, PM Modi and the US president Donald Trump sat down for talks covering an entire range from defence and security to energy strategic partnership and from trade to people to people ties.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Feb 25, 2020 23:24 IST
Highlights: 'Path-breaking visit' says PM Modi as US Prez, first lady head home
US President Donald Trump with PM Modi at Hyderabad House, New Delhi, Feb 25, 2020.

A day after Donald Trump was lavishly welcomed by India, US President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held extensive talks on several issues including trade and signed deals.

On his day 2 in India, US President Donald Trump started his day by attending a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan in Delhi at 10 am, followed by a visit to Rajghat. The first lady Melania Trump visited a school in Delhi.

At the meeting held in New Delhi's Hyderabad House, Trump and Modi got down to business during the delegation-level talks. Besides the signing of the defence deals and at least five memorandum of understanding (MoUs) on issues ranging from natural gas, trade facilitation to civil nuclear cooperation, the two leaders also reviewed the global and regional situation and discussed ways to take forward bilateral relations.

Later the US President met CEOs of Indian companies, interacted with press at the US embassy and then attended a state banquet at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Here are the highlights of day 2 of President Trump's visit

01:59 PM IST

Since I took office, US exports to India are up nearly 60%: Trump

"During our visit, we discussed the importance of a secure 5G wireless network and the need for this emerging technology to be a tool for freedom, progress, prosperity, not to do anything with where it could be even conceived as a conduit for suppression and censorship," Donald Trump further said.

"Our teams have made tremendous progress for a comprehensive trade agreement and I'm optimistic we can reach a deal of great importance to both countries. Since I took office, US exports to India are up nearly 60% and exports of high quality American energy have grown by 500%," he added.

01:56 PM IST

We affirmed our commitment to protect our citizens from radical Islamic terrorism: Trump

"In our discussions, PM Modi and I affirmed our two countries' commitment to protecting our citizens from radical Islamic terrorism. In this effort the US is also working productively with Pakistan to confront terrorists who operate on its soil," US President Donald Trump said after his talks with PM Modi in Hyderabad House.

01:51 PM IST

India to purchase more than $3 billion advanced American military equipment: Trump

"Earlier today we expanded our defence cooperation with agreements for India to purchase more than US$ 3 billion of advanced American military equipment, including Apache & MH-60 Romeo Helicopters - finest in the world. These will enhance our joint defence capabilities," Trump said.

01:41 PM IST

Students, Indian diaspora in US major contribution to people-people contact: US President Trump

"The most important foundation of the special relationship between India and the USA is people to people contact. Professionals, students, the Indian diaspora in USA have a major contribution in this," US President Donald Trump said.

01:40 PM IST

In awe by the majesty of India, says Donald Trump


"Melania and I have been awed by the majesty of India and the exceptional generosity and kindness of the Indian people. We will always remember the magnificent welcome the citizens of your home state of, PM Modi, showed us upon arrival," Trump said while addressing the media.

<p>In awe by the majesty of India, says Donald Trump</p>
01:36 PM IST

Resolved to step up efforts to make those who support terrorism...: PM

"We, India and US, have decided to enhance efforts to hold supporters of terrorism accountable," PM further said.

"We will cooperate in ensuring rules-based mechanism including for Indo-Pacific. We have agreed to initiate negotiations for big trade deal, we are confident that it will yield good results. India and US committed to openness, fair and balanced trade," Modi added.

01:35 PM IST

Strengthening in India-US defence ties is an important aspect: PM Modi

"Today we discussed every important aspect of US-India partnership, be it defence and security, energy strategic partnership, trade or people to people ties. The strengthening in defence ties between India and US is an important aspect of our partnership," PM Modi while addressing a join press conference with Donald Trump after talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

<p>Strengthening in India-US defence ties is an important aspect: PM Modi</p>
01:26 PM IST

I am inspired by Happiness Curriculum: Melania Trump

"Very inspiring that students begin their day with practising mindfulness and connecting with nature. Want to thank all educators for setting positive example and giving skills, knowledge to students. I am inspired by Happiness Curriculum," said Melania Trump at govt school.

<p>I am inspired by Happiness Curriculum: Melania Trump</p>
01:20 PM IST

In the US, I work with children like you: Melania Trump

"In the US, I work with children like you to promote similar ideas of well-being through my 'BE BEST' initiative. 3 pillars of 'BE BEST' include dangers of drug abuse, importance of online safety and overall well-being of children," Melania Trump further said.

<p>In the US, I work with children like you: Melania Trump</p>
01:16 PM IST

People in India so welcoming and kind, says Melania Trump

"Namaste. It's a beautiful school. Thank you for welcoming me with a traditional dance performance. This is my first visit to India, people here are so welcoming and so kind," said Melania Trump, the first Lady of the United States, at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School in Nanakpura.

<p>People in India so welcoming and kind, says Melania Trump</p>
01:10 PM IST

Melania Trump greeted by students

First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, greeted by students at Sarvodaya Co-Ed Senior Secondary School in Nanakpura.

<p>Melania Trump greeted by students</p>
12:41 PM IST

People were at the stadium more for you, than me: Trump to Modi

"The last two days, especially yesterday at the stadium, it was a great honour for me. People were there maybe more for you (PM Modi) than for me. 125 thousand people were inside. Every time I mentioned you, they cheered more. People love you here," Trump to PM Modi.

12:38 PM IST

Thanks for visiting India, PM Modi to Trump as the two hold talks

PM Modi and US President Donald Trump hold talks at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

"I welcome you (Trump) and the US delegation to India. I know that you are busy these days, still, you took out time to visit India. I am grateful to you for that," said PM Modi.

<p>Thanks for visiting India, PM Modi to Trump as the two hold talks</p>
12:20 PM IST

Melania Trump attends ‘Happiness’ class

First Lady Melania Trump attends ‘Happiness’ class.

<p>Melania Trump attends ‘Happiness’ class</p>
11:59 AM IST

Trump and Modi hold talks at Hyderabad House

President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi hold talks in the front lawn of Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

<p>Trump and Modi hold talks at Hyderabad House</p>

First published: Feb 25, 2020 09:12 IST