Houston, Sep 22: Sharing stage with PM Modi at NRG stadium in Houston, US President Donald Trump announced US-India tri-service military exercise named as “Tiger Triumph” and said that border security is vital for both US and India.
“In November the US & India will demonstrate dramatic progress of our defence relationship, holding the first-ever tri-service military exercise between our nations, it is called ‘Tiger Triumph. We fight for the citizens we proudly serve.We are against radical islamic terrorism and will fight who threaten our security as border security is vital to US and is vital for India we understand that ,” Trump said.
President Donald Trump spoke highly of India’s investment in the US and mentioned the NBA which recently announced its first-ever game in India.
“We welcome India’s growing investments right here in the lone star state. Nations around the world are investing in the United States because they know we have the best economy and best workers in world.We want to thank everybody and India has never invested in the US like it is doing today, and I want to say it’s reciprocal because we’re doing the same thing in India,” Trump said.
First-ever NBA game in India
” Very soon India will have to access to another world class American product-NBA basketball. Next week thousands in Mumbai will watch the first ever NBA game in India..am I invited Mr. Prime Minister? I may come, be careful I may come,” Trump said.
The game in India will feature the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers playing two preseason games October 4 and October 5 at the Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium in Mumbai, the NBA stated on its website.
“Today we honour all of the brave American and Indian military service members who work together to safeguard our freedom. We are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism,” Trump added.
Trump appreciated Modi policies and said, ” As a result of PM Modi’s pro growth policies, India has lifted nearly 300 million out of poverty, and that is an incredible number.”
“The relationship between the United States and India is stronger than ever before,” he said.
President Donald Trump took the stage at “Howdy, Modi!” following a speech from India’s leader praising the relationship between both nations.
“You (India) have never had a better friend as President as President Donald Trump,” Trump said at NRG Stadium Sunday afternoon. “Under PM Modi’s leadership, the world is witnessing a strong, sovereign republic of India.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened his rally in Houston by praising President Donald Trump.
“Friends, as I told you, we have met a few times and every time he has been the same: warm, friendly, accessible, energetic and full of wit,” Modi said.
Modi also commended Trump’s administration for celebrating Diwali at the White House, and talked about the relationship between the United States and India.
“India has a true friend in the White House,” Modi said.
The India leader also invoked Trump in his signature campaign slogan, “Ab ki baar, Modi sarkar,” which translates to “This time, Modi government.” On stage, Modi replaced his name with Trump’s.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by 20 lawmakers and cheered by enthusiastic crowd of 50,000 into Houston’s NRG stadium on Sunday.
Before his speech two US lawmakers — US Senator John Cornyn and House Majority leader Steny Hoyeraddressed the Indian Diaspora.
Calling it a “Texas-sized welcome” for PM Modi, US Senator John Cornyn said “India is one of our best friends and partners… Texas is India’s second largest trading partner in the US”.
ouse Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer: We are inspired by the modern India he(PM Modi) leads while mindful of the challenges, undeterred as India reaches into new frontier of space and equally determined to lift millions out of poverty back on earth.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer said, ‘ We are inspired by the modern India he(PM Modi) leads while mindful of the challenges, undeterred as India reaches into new frontier of space and equally determined to lift millions out of poverty back on earth”
“India Like America proud of its traditions to secure a future according to Gandhi’s teachings and Nehru’s vision of India as a secular democracy where respect for pluralism and human rights safeguard every individual
India like America proud of its traditions to secure a future,” Steny Hoyer said.
“We both know the price of freedom and we have to strive for the better life,Our constitutions begin with the same words We the People,” Steny said.
“In recent decades US-India ties have strengthened starting from Bush and former President Obama solidified that and Trump continues that today 25 years since caucus of Indian Americans was created ,” he said.
After Indo-US civil nuclear deal in 2016 India became US major defence partner
“We work together in ways no one envisioned 10 years ago. Steny hoyer House majority leader said, “Wipe every tear from their eye so long as there is suffering and tears, our work is incomplete We the people of India and America must and will continue to pursue to pursue our commitment to wipe tears with a mission with malice against none.it is the shared hope that binds us together for a better tomorrow,” he said.
By Arti Bali,
Sr Journalist (International Affairs)