Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump met for the second time in three days on Tuesday to hold a key bilateral meeting between India and US delegations, with the UN Headquarters in New York serving as the venue. During their individual statements, Trump issued high praise for PM Modi, going on to credit the latter for bringing India together 'like a father would' and going on to say 'Maybe he is the father of India. We'll call him Father of India'.
Donald Trump, who had been the guest of honour at the massive 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston on Sunday, heaped praises on PM Modi at the bilateral meet:
"He (PM Modi) is a great gentleman & a great leader. I remember India before and it was very torn. There was a lot of dissension, fighting & he brought it all together. Like a father would bring it together. Maybe he is the Father of India. We'll call him the Father of India" said Trump
Furthermore, Trump threw light on his personal equation with PM Modi and said that he has great respect and great admiration and for him. Adding to that, he said "PM Modi is a great gentleman and I really like him".
A number of other matters also came up during US President Donald Trump's statement and the ensuing questions and answers. Trump, apart from calling PM Modi 'Father of India' also compared him to American Rock-and-Roll legend Elvis Presley, while referring to the kind of reception he had got at the NRG Stadium in Houston. Trump also firmly put forth that he didn't need to broach the topic of Pakistan and its various terror admission, saying 'The PM (Modi) will handle it.'
"The 'Howdy, Modi!' event was an occasion of great pride. And for this, once again, let me thank President Trump from the bottom of my heart. After the formation of the new government, we haven't even completed two months. But even during this period of time, I had the occasion to meet President Trump three times now and we have held very detailed and fruitful discussions on many issues. In the world between the oldest and the largest democracy - This kind of nearness builds a relationship of ease and this continues engagement. I think the countries coming together which have belief in democratic values, is a very good sign for the world."
"For India and the US, not only are we close friends but this is a friendship that is based on values. This will continue to strengthen in the times to come. As far as trade is concerned, I am very happy that day before yesterday in Houston, there was an agreement signed by the Indian company Petronet for an amount of $2.5 billion., which is the amount of investment which the Indian company is going to do in the energy sector. And that will mean that in the years to come, this will result in the trade of $60 billion and create 50,000 jobs which I think is a very big initiative taken by India."
"President Trump is definitely my friend, but also a friend of India. And relations between India and the US are proceeding at a very fast pace. Once again, let me thank President Trump."
Consequent to meeting the United States President the Prime Minister on Tuesday is also scheduled to attend the state luncheon for the Head of States hosted by the United States Security Council (UNSG). The PM will then meet the India Pacific Island leaders. Another important event of the day is a special program celebrating the 150 birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The PM will then attend the Goalkeepers Global Goals Award hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.