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Modi, Trump discuss Iran, trade

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The Prime Minister, Mr.  Narendra Modi, held wide-ranging talks with the US President, Mr.  Donald Trump, on Friday  and discussed ways to leverage the power of technology, improve defence and security ties as well as issues relating to trade, Iran and 5G.

Mr. Modi, who is in Osaka for the G20 Summit, thanked Mr. Trump for expressing his 'love towards India' in a letter the US Secretary of State, Mr.  Mike Pompeo, delivered  this week.The Prime Minister said India stood committed to further deepening economic and cultural relations with the US.

The two leaders discussed Iran, 5G, bilateral relations and defence ties on the sidelines of the summit.'The talks with @POTUS were wide ranging. We discussed ways to leverage the power of technology, improve defence and security ties as well as issues relating to trade.'India stands committed to further deepening economic and cultural relations with the USA,' Mr.  Modi said

The US reimposed sanctions on Iran in November after pulling out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Teheran and six world powers. To reduce Iran’s crude oil export to zero, the US ended on May 2 waivers that had allowed the top buyers, including India, to continue their imports for six months.

India, complying with the US sanctions, has ended  oil imports from Iran.Mr. Trump congratulated Mr. Modi on his election victory and said the two countries would work together in many areas, including military.'It was a big victory, you deserve it; you have done a great job. We have big things to announce. In terms of trade, in terms of manufacturing, we would be discussing 5G. I congratulate you and I look forward to talks,' Mr.  Trump said.

'We have become great friends and our countries have never been closer. I can say that with surety. We will work together in many ways, including military; we’ll be discussing trade today,' he said.On Iran, Mr. Trump said: 'We have a lot of time. There’s no rush, they can take their time. There is absolutely no time pressure.