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U.S. approves sale of drones to India

Pamela Guccione | 25 Giugno, 2017, 13:44

"The Emergency witnessed the resistance movement in which leaders were jailed".

India has been looking to buy 22 of the unarmed surveillance aircraft, MQ-9B Guardian, worth more than $2 billion to keep watch over the Indian Ocean.

Mr Modi in his media statement after the talks said India and Portugal had deep historical ties but it was surprising that no bilateral prime ministerial visit of an Indian prime minister had taken place so far. "June 25, 1975, was a dark night that no devotee of democracy, no Indian can ever forget", Modi said in the 33rd edition of his radio programme "Mann Ki Baat" broadcast on Sunday.

For Trump, "Foreign policy, on the whole, is not a priority, with the exception of the hot-ticket issues generating the headlines: Russia, Syria, ISIS, and the like", says Michael Kugelman, deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center. But Washington and New Delhi share concerns about China's rise as a military power. India's archrival Pakistan would also likely be opposed to the drone sale. He said at a meeting when he was sitting with Queen Elizabeth, she humbly showed him a small khadi handkerchief. The staffer was not authorized to discuss the potential deal and requested anonymity.

Ahead of Modi reaching Washington D.C. for a state visit, the President tweeted, "Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday".

Apart from official meetings with Mr. Trump and his cabinet colleagues, Mr. Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs. He's also expected to seek assurances on the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative that facilitates USA arms technology transfers to India. The South Asian nation, which has traditionally bought most of its defense equipment from Russian Federation, is looking to upgrade its capabilities.

There could still be pushback from Congress.

Over the years, India has carefully consolidated support from figures within the Washington establishment, winning bipartisan backing for trade and defence cooperation from members of congress.

The White House also emphasised that the United States was looking forward to its nuclear reactors contributing to India's energy security. PM said they not only gave books instead of bouquets, but also khadi handkerchiefs. Recently, the concerns about the future of Indians working in the United States have made significant headlines, which is why it is safe to assume that the two leaders are bound to discuss U.S. trade, employment and visa policies that affect the Indian diaspora in the USA.

Modi's visit will lack the type of public display of affection that marked his visit to the Obama White House in 2014, when he and then-President Obama visited the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial together.


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