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Modi calls for deepening ties with US

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Washington DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President of United States of America (USA) Donald Trump, at White House, in Washington DC, USA on June 26, 2017. (Photo: IANS/PIB) by .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President of United States of America (USA) Donald Trump at White House, in Washington DC (Photo: IANS/PIB)

Though a Ministry of External Affairs Ministry statement said that the Monday call was made to convey New Year greetings, it came following the US airstrike, which was ordered by Trump, that killed Iranian intelligence chief and Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and other military officials last week in Iraq…writes Aarti Tikoo Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump stride around the Houston arena hand-in-hand on September 22, 2019, at the Howdy Modi event, a symbol of growing India-US ties. (Photo: White House/IANS). by .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump stride around the Houston arena hand-in-hand on September 22, 2019, at the Howdy Modi event, a symbol of growing India-US ties. (Photo: White House/IANS).

In a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated that New Delhi will continue to work with Washington for enhancing cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.

Though a Ministry of External Affairs Ministry statement said that the Monday call was made to convey New Year greetings, it came following the US airstrike, which was ordered by Trump, that killed Iranian intelligence chief and Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and other military officials last week in Iraq.

Incidentally, Minister of External Affairs, S Jaishankar on Sunday held phone conversations with Foreign Ministers of Iran, the United Arab Emirates and Oman and also US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sharing India’s concerns about the escalation of tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Jaishankar told all the key players that India had high stakes in the stability and peace of the Gulf.

On Monday, Prime Minister Modi, after wishing Trump “good health, prosperity and success”, talked about “the significant progress made in deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries in the previous year”, the Ministry statement said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Donald Trump when they met in Germany at the G20 summit in Germany on July 7, 2017. (Photo: White House/IANS) by .
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with President Donald Trump when they met in Germany at the G20 summit in Germany.

It said that the Prime Minister stated that “India-US relations, which are built on trust, mutual respect and understanding, have grown from strength to strength”.

Modi also “highlighted the significant progress made in deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries in the previous year and expressed his desire to continue to work with President Trump for enhancing cooperation in all areas of mutual interest”.

“President Trump wished the people of India prosperity and progress in the New Year. He expressed satisfaction at the achievements in the relationship in last few years and reiterated his readiness for further deepening bilateral cooperation,” the statement added.

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