The India Y U.S signed three agreements on Tuesday and completed the sale of military equipment worth 3,000 million dollars during the visit of US President Donald Trump, overshadowed by the violence in New Delhi that has left at least 13 dead.
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After a massive reception on Monday to Trump of tens of thousands of people in the western state of Gujarat, where the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, originated, both leaders showed their good understanding without resolving commercial tensions.
Defense and economic cooperation
Modi and Trump secured the sale to India of MH-60 and Apache helicopters along with other US military equipment worth 3,000 million dollars. “We have expanded our defense cooperation with agreements for India to buy more than $ 3 billion in advanced US military equipment, including Apache and MH-60 Romeo, the best in the world,” Trump said during a joint press conference.
Among the three agreements reached this Tuesday there is a pact to export natural gas to India between the oil company Exxon Mobil and the Oil Company of India (IOC).
Trump tried to sow optimism about the possibility of reaching a “big deal” commercial with the Asian country, after a year of friction in the commercial field between the US. UU. and India
The trade “must be reciprocal, the US has to be treated fairly, since we have had a tremendous deficit for many years,” said the US president, before venturing that “if the agreement takes place, it will be at the end of year, “presumably after the November presidential elections.
Modi, meanwhile, He described the relationship between the two countries as the “most important of the 21st century” and affirmed that “they are not limited only to the relations between two governments; they are directed and centered by people”.
Modi described the relationship between both countries as the most important of the 21st century
Offer to mediate between India and Pakistan
In a solo press conference open to questions, the US president said he has talked “a lot” with Modi about the Pakistani prime minister, Imran Khan, and Pakistan, a country with which India has fought several wars and numerous minor conflicts.
The two neighbors dispute control of Kashmir since they gained their independence from British colonial power in 1947, and Trump repeated his offer to mediate in the conflict in New Delhi.
“I just said I could help, I will do what I can because my relationship with both gentlemen is very good … I will do whatever I can to mediate,” he said. Trump added that “Kashmir has been a thorn in the side of many people for a long time, and there are always two versions of any story.”
Advances in Afghanistan
The president also referred to Afghanistan, where the Taliban’s commitment to reduce violence for seven days is progressing “well”, a key period before the signing this Saturday of an agreement between the insurgent formation and Washington in Qatar.
So far we have been without violence for two days, or rather with a minimum of violence and we will see what happens
“We are quite close, we are following what is happening, so far we have been without violence for two days, or rather with a minimum of violence and we will see what happens,” Trump said.
Compliance with this agreement will allow the signing of a peace agreement between the US. UU. and the insurgents, which according to the White House should lead to a “permanent and permanent ceasefire and the future political road map” for the country. “Everyone is happy with this, even people who are usually against me 99.9 percent of the time, because we’ve been there 19 years,” said the US head of state.
13 killed by clashes in New Delhi
Trump’s official visit was marred by violence which broke out on Monday in the Indian capital, where at least thirteen people have died and 150 have been injured, and continued on Tuesday.
“So far thirteen people died and we have received almost 150 wounded between yesterday and today“he confirmed to a source that he preferred the anonymity of the Guru Tech Bahadur delhi hospital, to which the injured were transferred in the violent incidents that, he said, many present with gunshot wounds.
The authorities deployed the Police and other paramilitary forces in the northeast of the capital where clashes continued.
Violent clashes occur in the context of a wave of demonstrations against a controversial amendment to the Citizenship Law approved by the Indian Parliament last December, initially between groups in favor and against the text.
The law grants Indian citizenship to irregular immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but excludes Muslims. Trump claimed to be aware of the protests but said he did not discuss the issue with Modi, although they did talk about religious freedom in India, an issue on which the US He has shown his concern in the past.