Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and the United States President Donald Trump held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Tuesday - their second meeting in just three days. Speaking of the first of these, which took place at the mega ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, Trump compared PM Modi's popularity which he witnessed at the NRG Stadium with American rock-and-roll icon Elvis Presley.
Speaking about the event, President Trump said, “There was tremendous spirit and they love this gentleman (Modi) to my right, people went crazy at the event. That was like Elvis, he is like an American version of Elvis.”
Trump, while praising the Indian Prime Minister, said that "he is a great gentleman and leader", and went on to call him "the Father of India" for the way 'he brought it all together:
"I knew India, not intimately, but it was very torn, there was a lot of dissention, lot of fighting but he (Modi) brought it all together like a father would bring it together. Maybe we'll call him the Father of India as he brought things together so I think he has done a fantastic job".
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".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.