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India's prime minister Narendra Modi to meet Donald Trump in 'no-frills' visit

25 June 2017

According to reports, the United States has cleared the sale of 22 American-made Guardian surveillance drones for India ahead of Modi's visit.

"Some of the defence systems we're talking about we don't believe impact Pakistan", the official added.

"Modi's top priority will be to establish a personal rapport with the U.S. president", Constantino Xavier, a foreign policy fellow at the Indian arm of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in New Delhi, told The National.

"We see this as the U.S. and India have mutual security interests that they want to advance, and we believe that the defence sales that are being discussed will help advance those", the official said. "A lot of work has been done in six months since I visited India". The defence deal do take into account the regional situation. India and the USA need to work, in some ways together and in other ways separately, towards ensuring full freedom of navigation within the seas of Asia, without being threatened by military structures created to establish a monopoly for any country within such waters.

The two leaders will have a one-on-one on Monday.

The Indian Navy wants the surveillance drones, variants of the Predator drones, to keep watch over the Indian Ocean.

The letter also castigated India's licensing and regulatory practices, discriminatory norms and inconsistent and non-transparent approval processes, which the traders in the USA see as hampering bilateral trade.

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"We seek to have an effective partnership with each country".

"He has expressed very positive feelings and said if he won, India would find a true friend in the White House". With India, we're building that strategic partnership. We like to encourage that.

With respect to space, cooperation is expected to include development and cooperation of next generation nano and micro satellites.

The two leaders on Saturday also launched a unique startup Portal - the India-Portugal International StartUp Hub (IPISH) - aimed at providing information on start-up hotspots in the two countries and associated policies.

"I will simply note that the defence relationship is extremely important".

Earlier, Modi thanked Portugal for supporting India's United Nations Security Council bid and said both nations have agreed to setup a four million Euros worth of science and technology fund. "The US is interested in leaning forward in providing high technology, the kind of technology it provides to its closest allies and partners", the senior administration official said.

India's prime minister Narendra Modi to meet Donald Trump in 'no-frills' visit