BH CORRESPONDENT, Ahmedabad: US President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “tough negotiator” as he talked about a “fantastic trade deal” between the two countries, on Monday during his address at ‘Namaste Trump’ event.
“We are working on a very comprehensive trade deal between India and the United States… one that will benefit both nations…. India is a very large market for US exports and US is India’s largest market in terms of export…so a strong US is great for India,” President Trump said.
“We will soon have a big trade deal, which is currently being negotiated. Prime Minister Modi is a very tough negotiator.”
Trump said he looked forward to India-US trade agreement and said both sides were at the early stage of reaching an ‘incredible’ trade agreement.
He made more than one reference to the strain over trade, commenting at one point that PM Modi was “a great leader. Everybody loves him, but he’s very tough.”
The two sides have been arguing over US demands for access to India’s poultry and dairy markets, Indian price controls on medical devices such as stents and stringent local data storage rules that US technology firms say will raise the cost of doing business. The Indian government has sought restoration of trade concessions that Trump withdrew in 2019 and greater access to US.
The two countries are expected to announce defence deals including an Indian navy plan to buy helicopters from Lockheed Martin worth $2.6 billion.