Donald Trump touched upon the issue of Islamic terrorism and assured that USA would remain united in defending citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.
Bengaluru: US President Donald Trump, while addressing the huge gathering at the Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad touched upon various issues of importance.
While he congratulated Indian on its scientific and cultural prowess and accomplishments, he also sided with it on the issue of terrorism.
Of specific interest was Islamic terrorism which the President stressed in no uncertain terms.
He said, "Both countries [India and US] are united in defending citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism."
His message was loud and clear. He didn’t mince words as he stressed on “Islamic terror” and underlined its dreadfulness.
The President also informed the audience that his administration was working with India’s neighbours Pakistan to lessen terrorism.
"We are working with Pakistan to crack down on terror and working on the terror issue on the borders. We have great relations with Pakistan and with these relations we hope we will be able to reduce tensions between the countries."
India has long been a victim of terrorism, losing hundreds and thousands of people due to terrorism.
Pakistan has been exporting terror to India in spite of several warnings.
It was only due to the steely resolve of PM Modi that the Balakot airstrikes were carried out, killing 350 terrorists in the immediacy of the Pulwama attacks last year.
The message by Trump should wake up Pakistan from its deep slumber and arrest the export of terror.
That apart, Trump also spoke about defence cooperation, inter alia.
He said, “As we continue to build our defence cooperation, the US looks forward to providing India with some of the best & most feared military equipment on the planet. We make the greatest weapons ever made. We make the best and we are dealing now with India.”
He also added, “We are quickly revitalising our alliances all around world. We will seal defence deals worth $3 billion.”
The President ended his long speech by declaring his unconditional love for India.
In his return address, the PM thanked President for his wonderful speech and outlined India’s achievements, from space and technology to financial inclusion.”
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