New York, Sep 24: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump on Tuesday held a crucial round of bilateral talks with Mr Trump stating that both sides will possibly strike a deal on deal at the earliest.
'I think very soon we will have a trade deal,' President Trump told reporters as both the leaders sat for second time in two days -- with focus on trade and Kashmir. On the terror front, Mr Trump said 'You have a great Prime Minister, he will solve the problem.'
The President was answering questions on the global war against radical Islamic terrorism. He, however, would like both PM Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan to work on Kashmir.
He virtually gave a free hand to the Prime Minister to tackle the menace of radical Islamic terrorism. 'I know that, your Prime Minister will take care of that,' Mr Trump told reporters as both the leaders conclaved for the third time in recent months in bilateral meetings.
The Prime Minister, who is in the US to address the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, held a successful rally with Mr Trump on Sunday.
At the Houston rally, Mr Modi has said he will be negotiating with Mr Trump on 'economic miracles' and was hopeful that the parleys will yield 'positive results'. 'In his own style President Trump calls me a tough negotiator but he is also an expert in the art of deal,' the Prime Minister has said at 'Howdy Modi' rally.
Indian and US officials are in the midst of negotiations on trade for last two months and abroad hint was dropped by President Trump himself that some big ticket announcement could be made. The Prime Minister was accompanied at the talks by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, Indian Ambassador to US Harsh Vardhan Shringla and Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
From the US side, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was present among others. (UNI)