New Delhi, September 29 (KMS): ThePrint, India’s digital platform for latest news and reports, has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a rousing welcome from BJP party workers and supporters despite not having secured the much-touted trade deal with the US, while the Kashmir issue became further complicated between him and US President Donald Trump.

Prime Minister Modi scored clear nil in the most contentious issue of trade during his weeklong trip to America. Trade has undoubtedly become an unavoidable stumbling block in the relationship, even as both sides continue to fiercely fight out trade disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO), The Print added.

“On the issue of Kashmir, too, Prime Minister Modi could not extract much from his ‘friend’ Trump. While Trump continued the rhetoric of mediating the Kashmir issue between New Delhi and Islamabad unabashedly, the US also demanded ‘rapid action’ in easing restrictions in Jammu Kashmir, and urged India to hold elections at the earliest opportunity,” the web portal said.

During his bilateral meeting with Modi, President Trump told the Prime Minister that to the US, Iran is a bigger concern as far as terrorism is concerned than Pakistan. He also said in front of Modi that the Prime Minister and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan will “get along well” if they meet, it added.

This was the third meeting between Modi and Trump in the Modi’s second term.

But it was an anti-climax when President Trump’s parting shot to PM Modi was: “I think Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Khan will get along when they get to know each other. I think a lot of good things will come from that meeting.”

“When the Modi government came back to power for the second time with a landslide victory earlier this year, the US was clearly not amused. Within days of the government settling into office, the Trump administration cracked the whip on India in May and revoked the trade benefits given under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) programme. The US was threatening to do so since before the elections. This was an unprecedented act on US’ part because ever since the GSP programme started in 1974, it was never taken away from India,” ThePrint said.

“Prime Minister Modi was not even able to restore a waiver from US’ high duties on Indian shipments of steel and aluminium during his mega visit,” it further said.


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