We love you India: Donald Trump at Motera stadium

Ahmedabad: India and the United States are committed to defending their people from radical Islamic terrorism, resolved to significantly expand defence ties and are working on a “fantastic” trade deal, said US President Donald Trump on Monday while asserting that his country “loves” and is “loyal” to India.

Addressing a huge crowd at ‘Namaste Trump’ event at the Motera stadium here, the US president, accompanied by his wife Melania and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, talked about India’s great tradition of embracing individual freedom, rule of law, the dignity of every human being and where people worship side-by-side in harmony.

On his maiden visit, Trump, who was welcomed by Modi on his arrival, said his country will remain a “loyal” friend of India and called the Prime Minister an “exceptional leader” who works day and night for the country.

“India and the US are committed to fighting terrorists and their ideology; that is why my government is working with Pakistan to crack down on terror groups,” Trump said in the presence of his family –daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner– and top brass of his administration.

“The US will always be faithful and loyal friend of India. Thank you for the spectacular welcome,” he added.

He also announced that the two countries will firm up defence deals worth $3 billion on Tuesday and that the US will become India’s premier defence partner.

“India and US have natural and enduring friendship,” Trump said to a cheering crowd. “We are quickly revitalising our alliances all around world,” he said.

Trump said both countries are working on a “fantastic trade” deal, and observed that Modi is a “tough negotiator”.

The US president also heaped praises on Modi, saying the Prime Minister is a “living proof” of what an Indian can achieve with hard work as Trump referred to his humble background as a tea-seller, who had a landslide win in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

On his part, Modi welcomed Trump to “world’s largest democracy” and said a “new history” was being created.

Modi also praised Trump’s leadership in containing terrorism.

Trump said as the world’s largest economy, India gives hope to all humanity and has become an economic giant.