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The fight against terrorism is our main priority, Modi said after talks with the U.S. president. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted by Trump outside the South Portico of the White House.

"I look forward to working with you to create jobs in our countries, to grow our economies and to create a trading relationship that is fair and reciprocal", Trump said in his remarks at the White House Rose Garden following his meeting with Modi.

He said he had invited Trump to India but no time was given for a visit.

"We consider the United States as our primary partner in India's socio-economic transformation in all of our flagship programs and schemes", said Modi.

He said that the U.S. was looking forward to exporting more energy to India as its economy grew, "including major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas, which are right now being negotiated, and we will sign them".

He expressed pleasure about an order by an Indian airline company for 100 new American planes, calling it one of the largest orders of it is kind, which will support thousands and thousands of American jobs.

Trump administration officials have pointed to both leaders' impact on social media - each has more than 30 million Twitter followers - as proof they are cut from the same cloth.

"If I'm elected president, the Indian and Hindu community will have a true friend in the White House, that I can guarantee you", he said at an event in Edison, New Jersey, during the 2016 campaign.

He promised the attending Indian diaspora that his government is making smart use of technology to put an end to corruption, and said that the Indian Embassy will always find a solution to any problem the Indian community might have. "So, I think the local populist agenda never did come up and I think the CEOs are still keen on India as a market", he said. But ultimately, both at home and overseas, Trump has far weightier problems to deal with, and India doesn't figure centrally in any of them. The US and India have a mutual need to strengthen their bilateral ties to address the growing threat of terrorism worldwide.

We agreed to work closely on boosting maritime trade and cooperation. He has withdrawn the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to make bilateral deals with each nation.

"Today is an important reminder that the two largest, most powerful democracies in the world are becoming increasing illiberal/authoritarian", one American University student wrote.

They will have one-on-one talks followed by statements to the news media without taking questions.

Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for both nations.

Although Modi's two-day Washington visit, which began Sunday, is lower-key than his previous three trips to the USA since he took office in 2014, it has included plenty of face-time with Trump. "I am thrilled to salute you, Prime Minister Modi, and the Indian people for all you are accomplishing together".

"So I think it was a good meeting", he said.

"President Trump has welcomed me with huge warmth".

"They could either hit it off amazingly or fall out completely", said Rajiv Kumar, an economist and author of a book, to my colleagues. The US side is likely to be represented by Vice President Mike Pence, Defence Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor Lt Gen H R McMaster.

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