Indo-US ties to get stronger un­der Trump: White House

Financial Chronicle - - FUNDAMENTALS, POLITICS - LALIT K JHA

THE In­dia-US re­la­tion­ship is go­ing to get stronger and bet­ter un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in a wide range of ar­eas, in­clud­ing re­gional se­cu­rity is­sues, trade and econ­omy, ter­ror­ism, a se­nior White House of­fi­cial has said.

“In­dia is a nat­u­ral ally of the US be­cause of the shared com­mit­ment to democ­racy and to coun­tert­er­ror­ism, and be­cause the re­gion is so vi­tal to the US se­cu­rity,” Raj Shah Raj Shah, the White House Prin­ci­pal Deputy Press Sec­re­tary, said on Mon­day.

Shah’s com­ments came hours af­ter PM Naren­dra Modi and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump held their sec­ond bi­lat­eral meet­ing in Manila on the side­lines of the ASEAN Sum­mit. The two coun­tries are go­ing to have a “strong re­la­tion­ship and it’s go­ing to get stronger” un­der this pres­i­dent, he said.

Shah, the high­est-rank­ing In­dian-Amer­i­can ever in the White House press wing said that US-In­dia re­la­tion­ship should stand on its own leg and “not be con­tin­gent” on any other re­la­tion­ship. There are a lot more in com­mon be­tween In­dia and the US than that be­tween US and China, he said.

“The re­la­tion­ship with Modi is his re­la­tion­ship with Modi. He likes (him),” he added.

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