Prime Minister Narendra Modi concludes his maiden US trip on a high note

Vows to make India a business-friendly nation

By The American Bazaar Staff

WASHINGTON, DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his five-day trip to the United States on Tuesday evening, with a promise to make India a more business-friendly nation.

PM Modi’s US Visit (8)

Speaking at a reception hosted by the US-India Business Council, the Prime Minister said his government’s job is to facilitate and create conditions for businesses to grow. He added that New Delhi will do everything possible to improve the ease of doing business in India.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi and President Obama issued a joint statement pledging cooperation on a range of bilateral and global issues.

On the economic front, the statement said, the two leaders are committed to “facilitate the actions necessary to increase” bilateral trade from the current $100 billion to “another fivefold”.

The statement also made it clear that both the countries will work towards achieving “the Prime Minister’s goal of improved access to clean water and sanitation for all.”

The statement was issued after a 90-minute summit at the White House.

Read the joint statement here.

On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a joint oped by the two leaders titled “A renewed U.S.-India partnership for the 21st century.”

“As nations committed to democracy, liberty, diversity and enterprise, India and the United States are bound by common values and mutual interests,” the two leaders wrote. “We have each shaped the positive trajectory of human history, and through our joint efforts, our natural and unique partnership can help shape international security and peace for years to come.”

The column ends with a slogan: “Forward together we go — chalein saath saath.”

The Prime Minister’s day in the US capital began with a visit to the Statue of Gandhi in front of the Embassy of India.

Later in the evening Modi, accompanied by Obama visited the memorial of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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