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Trump compliments PM Modi in election win

June 29, 2019

United States President Donald Trump congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his party's win in the national election when the two leaders met for bilateral talks on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Japan.

You have done a great job in pulling together. I remember when you first took over, there were many factions and they were fighting with each other and now they get along. It's a fantastic tribute to you and your abilities. - Donald Trump, President, United States

Trump is also preparing for a re-election next year. He was meeting PM Modi for the first time after the national election.

PM Modi's party has scored a victory bigger than in 2014 to emerge as the single-largest party in the national election. The party has retained key states in the Hindi heartland, Gujarat and Maharashtra and won in new states like West Bengal, Odisha and the northeast.

The interaction between the two leaders is important as there are many differences that have emerged between the two countries on issues like trade deals and an arms agreement with Russia.

"We have become great friends and our countries have never been closer. I can say that with surety. We will work together in many ways including military, we'll be discussing trade today," said Trump.

PM Modi has said that India will work towards maintaining a positive relationship with the United States. India has strong trade ties with the US and has bought advanced military hardware from American defence companies. "We will strive to work for a positive relationship with the US... India-US vision is far-sighted and positive. We are committed to ensuring a better future," said PM Modi.

The G20 Summit in Japan has all the top world leaders present and is an important meeting with the US and China caught in a trade war, geopolitical tensions, and climate change on the agenda.

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