US President Donald Trump on Monday said that India and America are united in their “iron-clad resolve” to defend citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism, as the imposing, newly renovated Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad provided the perfect stage for Trump to sing praises of Indian culture, diversity and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
President Trump also said that he is looking forward “to providing India with some of the most-feared military equipment on the planet” and striking some of the “biggest ever made trade deals”.
Trump and wife Melania arrived at the stage around 1 pm after a brief stopover at the Sabarmati Ashram, where the US President tried his hand at the ‘charkha’.
“Both of our countries have been hurt by the pain and turmoil of terrorism,” said the US president addressing an over one lakh-strong crowd on his maiden visit to the country.
“Every nation has the right to secure and controlled borders. The United States and India are committed to working together to stop terrorists, and to fight their ideology,” said Trump who also announced a $3-billion defence deal to sell “absolute finest, state-of-the-art helicopters” to Indian armed forces.
“I believe the United States should be India’s premier defence partner, and that’s the way it’s working out.
“Together, we will defend our sovereignty, security and protect a free and open Indo-Pacific region for our children and many, many generations to come.”
The American president said he looked forward “to providing India with some of the best, and most-feared, military equipment on the planet. We make the greatest weapons ever made… aeroplanes, rockets, ships, missiles… we make the best and we are dealing now with India.”
Trump also heaped praise on Modi. Referring to Modi’s “tea-seller” background, the US President described Modi as a “tough negotiator” and a “hard worker”.