PM Narendra Modi returns home after 5-nation tour

U.S.-India relations have been transformed since Rajiv Gandhi in 1985 became the first of five Indian prime ministers to have addressed a joint meeting of Congress. During the Cold War, U.S. was more focused on ties with Pakistan, and many in Washington believed India, with its “non-aligned” foreign policy, was far too friendly with the Soviet Union. Consensus among the bloc members is important in allowing entry to a new country. Differences over intellectual property protection, especially for pharma companies, the stiff visa fees for software professionals, and the social security fees payable by Indian IT companies, not to forget the solar power equipment sourcing dispute that India recently lost at the WTO, are all issues on which the two countries have not been able to find common ground.

“India has shown strong support for the objectives of the NSG and the global nuclear nonproliferation regime and is a “like-minded” state deserving of NSG admission”, Kerry wrote, according to Bloomberg.

Modi’s speech, coming a day after a successful visit to the Democratic president in the White House, was warmly received by Republican leaders in Congress. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed the visit was an opportunity to hear Modi’s view “on India’s economic growth and how he feels we can strengthen the strategic partnership between our countries”.

The investment commitment made by the U.S. companies will help generate jobs and boost projects like “Make in India” once these promises are realised, he said.

They also reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, said the joint statement. “Looking eastward from India, across the Pacific, the innovation strength of our two countries comes together in California”, Modi said. “They talked about a wide range of regional issues, in fact”, he said.

Modi and Nieto stressed the necessity of developing a greater connectivity between the two countries and encouraging cooperation in various sectors including infrastructure, pharmaceutical, energy, automobile, Information and Communication Technology, agriculture, and food processing among others. “We are now implementing a road map that sets out a path of co-operation to achieve those goals and protect those interests”, Biswal said. With the new developments, BJP in Arunachal Pradesh feels soon a new era of development will be ushered in even in the state under the dynamic and visionary leadership Mr Modi, Mr Gao added. “After a productive visit to Mexico, the last leg of his journey, PM departs for Delhi”, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Official Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Modi also stressed that India is committed to helping rebuild a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

Countries grouped in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group are focused on restricting nuclear proliferation by strictly controlling access to which country can gain access to technology used in making atomic weapons. He said China “has never been so belligerent in the past 29 years”.

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