Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of the United States Donald Trump met at the White House and the common cause for worry seemed to be terrorism. In a joint statement released by the world leaders, they have urged Pakistan to curb terrorism-breeding in their homeland. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar stated after the meeting that India and the US have urged Pakistan to stop letting its soil be used as a terror launchpad.
The democratic countries have also asked Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 26/11 attacks, Pathankot and other terror attacks in India. After their meeting, PM Modi in a statement without naming Pakistan said that the common goal of the leaders is to make ensure the destruction of ‘terrorists and their safe havens.’ He said that eliminating terrorism was among the top-most priorities for both nations. Syed Salahuddin, the Hizbul Mujahideen chief, was declared a global terrorist moments ahead of the meeting between the leaders.
President Trump showered praises on PM Modi during the joint press briefing for his leadership skills. He said the PM was doing a ‘great job’ and that India was doing well ‘economically.’ He also said he was very keen to work with India to remove barriers on ‘trade’ between the nations. Trump lauded Modi for launching the GST Bill, calling it the “largest tax overhaul” in the history of India. PM Modi has invited President Trump to visit India along with his family. President Trump is said to have accepted the invitation. He also invited Ivanka Trump to lead the US delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India to be held later this year.
While the leaders and their representatives have stated the meeting was “very productive,” it remains to be seen how their joint message to Pakistan will be received. India has been waiting for years on end to get a positive response from Pakistan when it comes to the threat of terrorism from their country.