Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the meeting with United States Vice President Michael R Pence
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the meeting with United States Vice President Michael R Pence

PM Modi holds bilateral meeting with US VP Pence

ANI | Updated: Nov 14, 2018 14:11 IST

Singapore [Singapore], Nov 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a bilateral meeting with the United States Vice President Michael R Pence here on Thursday ahead of the East Asia Summit.
During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi said that India and the US share the same fundamental values and the two countries should join hands to achieve world peace.
“India and the United States share the same fundamental values. India has always believed that the world is one family and the first condition for that to happen is peace. You must have noted that India has always contributed in a big way for world peace and India’s role is a pro-active one. We would like to work together for world peace, world progress, global economic progress and poverty alleviation which is important for our values,” Prime Minister Modi asserted.
The Prime Minister also reiterated that there was a great opportunity for the US in India in making defence equipment and setting up defence industry.
Conveying his regards to US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Modi expressed his gratitude for the celebration of Diwali in the White House.
The Prime Minister further offered his condolences on the California wildfire which affected hundreds and thousands of people.
Acknowledging India’s economic progress, Pence said that India is a positive factor in regional and international relations. He recalled Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the US and expressed gratitude for his leadership.
Talking about the denuclearisation of Korean peninsula, Pence thanked Prime Minister Modi for his support.
Besides touching upon bilateral relations apart from regional and international issues, the two leaders also discussed the issue of terrorism. Pence appreciated cooperation between US and India on counter-terrorism.
“The two leaders reiterated the importance of the U.S.-India strategic partnership and of advancing our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” read the statement issued by the White House on Wednesday.
The White House said that the two leaders reaffirmed the commitments of the two nations to strengthen security and counter-terrorism cooperation and coordination.  
“Vice President Pence also encouraged free, fair, and reciprocal trade with India,” read the statement. (ANI)