Kashmiris, Sikhs protest near White House on Modi's arrival

Prime Minister Modi, while thanking Trump for the warm welcome rendered to him, said the kind of welcome he was given, it was a welcome to the 125 crore people of India.

After the Congress Party dubbed the India-United States joint statement as "disappointing" and believed that nothing will come out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's USA visit, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said it is "sheer jealousy and guilt" of the grand old party that it is deliberately refusing to see and believe the significant outcomes of this visit.

Describing India and the U.S. as partners of possibilities, Modi also invited Trump and his family to India. FILE - In this January 24, 2016, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left and French President Francois Hollande hug at the Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India.

Trump's handshake technique first set social media abuzz in a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe weeks after the USA president's January inauguration, when he grasped the Japanese leader's hand for a full 19 seconds.

Modi appreciated the "warm welcome" accorded to him by President Trump and First Lady Melania and said, "We consider the United States of America as our primary partner for India's social and economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes".

India is now the world's fastest growing major economy, a status that Modi is hoping to cement by drawing in more foreign investment - in part by encouraging manufacturers to do business in Asia's third-largest economy.

"Eliminating terrorism is among the topmost priorities for us".

The duo touted ties between India and the United States during a series of events, with both heralding the military cooperation between the United States and India.

"I'm sure that convergence between my vision for a new India and President Trump's vision for "Making America Great Again" will add a new dimension to our cooperation", added Modi in reference to Trump's signature campaign slogan.

"Modi doesn't hug just anyone", said political scientist Sreeram Chaulia, dean of the Jindal School of International Affairs in New Delhi.

Weaker growth in gas prices helps slow inflation
The Statistics Canada report also found weaker price growth in every province last month, with the biggest slowdown in Manitoba. Food prices rose 0.3% (month-on-month) bringing the year-on-year rate to -0.1%, up from -1.1% in April.

In this regard, he said that India was targeting 175 GW of renewable energy to meet its energy needs.

Trump said it was "a great honour" to host Modi "who has been such a great PM". The Indian prime minister will also hold a meeting with CEOs of Dutch companies and call on King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima.

The Indian prime minister arrived in Washington on Sunday to start his two-day visit to the United States, in an effort to push for closer bilateral ties and strengthen cooperation with Washington.

"We're doing that also, by the way". On his welcome, Modi said that it is an honor for all 125 billion Indians to be welcomed by The President and the First Lady.

Pence also had a one-on-one meeting with Modi at the White House on Monday.

Trump even highlighted their affinity for social media in the Rose Garden.

Modi came to Washington with an armaments shopping list that includes Predator drones, fighter jets and USA help with India's plans for a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

"Thank you for ordering equipment from the US".

India and the USA asserted their commitment to fight against worldwide terrorism and enhance intelligence sharing between the two nations. He stated, "The security organization between the USA and India is staggeringly vital".

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