Ahmedabad, Feb 24, 2020: US President Donald Trump spoke out against ’radical Islamic terrorism’ during his address at ’Namaste Trump’ event in Ahmedabad on Monday, 24 February, saying, "India and the US are committed to defend our people from threat of radical islamic terrorism... Both our countries are hurt by the turmoil of terrorism."
The US president also said that the two countries will seal defence deals worth $3 billion on Tuesday.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address, "India-US ties are no longer just another partnership, it’s a far greater closer relationship."
US President Trump and PM Modi were welcomed by Home Minister Amit Shah and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani at the Motera stadium.
The US president was received by PM Modi at the Ahmedabad airport. Prior to their arrival, bonhomie was on full display between PM Modi and Trump on Twitter. Later on Tuesday, the US president will visit Taj Mahal in Agra
Trump is being accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump, daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner
Congress leader Manish Tewari has alleged that India has been reduced to a lowly buyer from America, rather than being a strategic partner.
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Will Seal Defence Deals Worth $3 Bn on Tuesday: Trump
US President Donald Trump, during his address, said that the two countries will seal defence deals worth $3 billion on Tuesday.
“The US will become India’s premier defence partner,” he said.
’Both Our Countries Hurt By Turmoil of Terrorism’: Trump
US President Donald Trump spoke out against ’radical Islamic terrorism’ during his address at ’Namaste Trump’ event in Ahmedabad on Monday, 24 February, saying, "India and the US are committed to defend our people from threat of radical islamic terrorism... Both our countries are hurt by the turmoil of terrorism... ... Today the ISIS caliphate has been 100% destroyed and al-Baghdadi is dead."
"India, US are committed to fight terrorists and their ideology, that is why my government is working with Pakistan to crack down on terror groups," Trump said.
In Trump’s Address, References to Bollywood and Cricket
During his address at the ‘Namaste Trump’ event, US President Donald Trump also made references to Bollywood and cricket, saying, "All over the planet people take great joy in watching Bollywood films, bhangra, and classic films like DDLJ and Sholay. You cheer on great cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli."
‘India Holds a Special Place in Our Hearts’: US President Trump at Motera Stadium
Kickstarting his address at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad with a ’namaste’, US President Trump called PM Modi his "true friend". "America loves India, America respects India," he declared in front of thousands of people.
"“We will always remember this remarkable hospitality. India will hold a special place in our hearts. PM Modi started out as ‘tea wallah’, he worked as a tea seller. Everybody loves him, but I will tell you this, he is very tough”" - US President Donald Trump.
India-US Ties Not Just Another Partnership: PM at ‘Namaste Trump’
Addressing thousands of people at the ’Namaste Trump’ event Ahmedabad’s Motera stadium on Monday, PM Narendra Modi declared, "India-US ties are no longer just another partnership, it’s a far greater 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’,” he added.
"“You are heartily welcome in the largest democracy of the world. This is Gujarat but the entire country is enthusiastic in welcoming you.”" - PM Narendra Modi
US President, PM Modi Reach Motera Stadium for ‘Namaste Trump’ Event
US President Donald Trump and PM Modi arrived at the Motera stadium in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on Monday, where they will address the ’Namaste Trump’ event in the presence of around 1,00,000 people.
The two were received by Home Minister Amit Shah along with Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani.
Shared Values Between India-US Are Discrimination, Bigotry, Hostility Towards Refugees: Amnesty
The shared values between India and the US are "discrimination, bigotry, and hostility towards refugees and asylum seekers", Amnesty International USA said in a joint statement with Amnesty International India ahead of Trump’s visit to India on Monday.
"Anti-Muslim sentiment permeates the policies of both US and Indian leaders. For decades, the US-India relationship was anchored by claims of shared values of human rights and human dignity. Now, those shared values are discrimination, bigotry, and hostility towards refugees and asylum seekers,” Margaret Huang, Amnesty International USA’s executive director, was quoted as saying in the statement.
PM Modi, US President Trump En Route to Motera Stadium
US President Donald Trump and PM Narendra Modi’s cavalcade is en route to the Motera stadium, where they will address the ’Namaste Trump’ event in the presence of around 1,00,000 people.
India Reduced to Lowly Buyer: Congress Leader on Trump’s visit
Raising the pitch on the visit of US President Donald Trump, Congress leader Manish Tewari on Monday alleged that India has been reduced to a lowly buyer from America, rather than being a strategic partner.
"India has been reduced to a lowly buyer state from a strategic Partner. India has no role in Afghan Peace Process," said former Union Minister Manish Tewari.
The Congress said that only gainers from the Trump’s visit are arms manufacturers.
"Only gainers of Trump 36-hour Tamasha commencing at noon today are going to be Boeing’s, Lockheed Martin’s, General Atomics and other merchants of death," Tewari tweeted.