PM Modi and President Trump addressed a vast gathering at the Motera. Both the leaders underlined the friendship the two countries share and recognised the achievements of both countries.
Bengaluru: A festive atmosphere prevailed at the Motera cricket stadium as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump addressed the huge and rapturous crowd.
PM said, “You are heartily welcome in the largest democracy of the world. This is Gujarat but the entire country is enthusiastic in welcoming you.”
The PM added, “India-US relations are no longer just another partnership. It is a far greater and closer relationship.”
Modi also did not miss out on an opportunity to talk of Sabarmati. He said, “You're on the banks of Sabarmati River, which played a crucial part in India's struggle for Independence. You're in India that is diverse. It uses several languages, has different cuisines, different traditions, and several communities.”
As the PM ended his small speech, the state was thrown open to the American President.
Trump thanked India for its hospitality.
He said, “We will always remember this remarkable hospitality. India will hold a special place in our hearts.”
The president also touched upon the life of PM Modi.
He said, “PM Modi started out as 'tea wallah', he worked as a tea seller. Everybody loves him but I will tell you this, he is very tough. India a miracle of democracy.”
Trump also praised Indian cricketers like Sachin and also Bollywood stars, but much before this, the President paid huge tributes to Indian monk Swami Vivekananda.
Then, it was time for some words on defence deals.
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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Last Updated Feb 24, 2020, 2:41 PM IST