Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with US President Donald Trump in Osaka ahead of the formal opening of the G-20 Summit. The two leaders, who met shortly after the Japan-America-India trilateral meeting, discussed Iran, 5G, bilateral and defence relations between the two countries.
During the meet, US President Donald Trump congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his victory in the Lok Sabha elections. Prime Minister Modi thanked Trump for expressing his “love towards India” in a letter recently delivered by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Earlier, during the trilateral meeting, Prime Minister Modi had highlighted “the importance India attaches to” the grouping. The Modi-Trump meeting assumes significance as the US president, championing his ‘America First’ policy, has been a vocal critic of India for levying “tremendously high” duties on US products.
This was Modi’s first meeting with Trump after the BJP’s landslide win in the parliamentary election. India has raised tariffs on 28 items, including almond, pulses, and walnut, exported from the US in retaliation to America’s withdrawal of preferential access for Indian products.