Modi to meet Trump in US

NEW DELHI • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Donald Trump in Washington, as the two countries diverge on climate change.

India's Foreign Ministry said yesterday they would meet on June 26 for the first time after Mr Modi arrives in Washington for a two-day visit. "Their discussions will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest," said the statement.

Earlier this year, Mr Trump said he considered India "a true friend and partner ".

But this month, in announcing the US withdrawal from the Paris climate deal, Mr Trump singled out India as a major polluter that he said would gain an edge over the US under the agreement - a charge New Delhi denied.

While ties between New Delhi and Washington warmed during the Obama years, obstacles have already emerged in the early months of the Trump presidency.

A proposed overhaul of H-1B visas - working permits used by thousands of Indian software engineers to work in the United States - has caused immense concern.

Mr Modi's flagship "Make In India" policy, designed to reboot local manufacturing and ramp up exports in tandem with foreign investors, could also run aground on Mr Trump's "America first" instincts.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2017, with the headline 'Modi to meet Trump in US'. Print Edition | Subscribe