Can India make the most out of US President Donald Trump’s visit?
“Namaste Trump” this week been a great visit for India and looks to have been celebrated across the nation. Two leaders of great democracies.
But differences still exist, and the question is can India and PM Modi build on President Trump’s historic visit which took place this week?
PM Modi will drive the relationship, but he is not alone.
One man in South Block — Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India’s foreign secretary – will make a big contribution to the outcome.
India’s foreign secretary is seen as a calm and composed officer, and he has handled bilateral ties even during turbulent times as the Indian ambassador to the US.
It was he who dreamed up and led the “Howdy, Modi!” event in Houston.
Now he has a lot of the responsibility of making “Namaste Trump” a success.
What will be the big issues? Top of the list is a free-trade agreement and disagreements on intellectual property rights. Plus how both countries feel about and react to China.
But clearly Namaste Trump is a big win for India and PM Modi and a mark of the increasing respect India has on the global stage.
Indian PM Modi and US President Trump – two men who enjoy centre stage and get on well