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Donald Trump says India-US never stronger, Modi says US primary partner in joint statement at White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for the first time Monday, seeking to develop a warm relationship despite differences over trade, immigration and the Paris climate accord.

The two leaders went into their relatively low-key summit looking to bolster the U.S.-India strategic partnership but an equally important goal was simply to break the ice and get to know each other.

Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Monday. Modi, who arrived in Washington DC on Saturday night at the invitation of Trump, is scheduled to spend more than four hours at the White House.

After being received by Trump and the First Lady in the South Portico of the White House, the two leaders had a one-on-one meeting in the Oval Office.

An hour-long delegates meeting was held between the countries. The US side was represented by US Vice President Mike Pence, defence secretary James Mattis, secretary of state Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser Lt Gen. H.R. McMaster. India’s NSA Ajit Doval, foreign secretary S. Jaishankar and the Indian ambassador to the US, Navtej Sarna are accompanying the prime minister.

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