From: Lalit K. Jha [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 1:02 PM
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Cc: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO ; Gabriel, Brian A. EOP/WHO ; Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO ; Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO
Subject: Foreign pool Indian PM Modi
The pool was ushered in at 12.01 inside the Oval Office
POTUS spoke first welcoming Prime Minister Modi to the Oval Office.
POTUS recollected the incredible hospitality he received during his last visit to India in January 2015 as Chief Guest for India’s Republic Day Parade. (please check against official transcripts). “I still have fond memories of being honored by the PMs invitation to participate in the Republic Day parade in India,” he said.
POTUS said as world’s two largest democracies and ….with strong bonds between peoples and businesses, scientific and educational communities, it is natural that the US and India have deepened and broadened our cooperation across the whole range of issues.
In Paris, POTUS said, the joining of forces between India and US helped forge the historical agreement to effectively deal with climate change, and we discussed how we can, as quickly as possible bring the Paris agreement into force, how we can make sure that, how climate financing that is necessary for India to embark on the bold vision for solar energy and clean energy that PM Modi has laid out, can be accomplished.
POTUS said they also discussed the progress they made around civil nuclear energy, and indicated “our support for India becoming part of the NSG”, to ensure these technologies that are critical for India’s development are available. They also discussed nonproliferation of nuclear material and technology. I also mentioned the PM’s very effective participation in the Nuclear Security Summit.
POTUS said during the working lunch they would discuss security challenges including regional issues.
Prime Minister Modi spoke in Hindi, India’s national language. He thanked POTUS for the invitation. India and the US, he said, have worked together not only for themselves but for global challenges as well – global warming, terrorism, nuclear security.
PM Modi said India and the US are working as friends and partners in leading the world, and to protect the legacy that “we both are proud of”.
We spoke about taking our economic relations to new heights, to improve technological cooperation, in terms financing clean energy technologies, and cyber security.
PM Modi said India is a young country. 800 million populations is below 35 years of age. The United States is well aware of the talent of India. We and the United States can work together for the benefit of the mankind.
PM Modi said India today is the fastest growing economy of the world. India and the US are the largest democratic countries of the world. Both countries can increase their co-operation in new areas that could consist of the final solutions for the also for the developing nations.
PM Modi said he and POTUS would meet in September on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. Till that time, he hoped, they would be able to make progress in a number of areas. Hope to achieve our dream of climate justice.
PM Modi appreciated the assistance and support of “my friend Obama” towards India’s application to be a member of MTCR or Nuclear Suppliers Group.
This was the seventh meeting between PM Modi and POTUS after their first meeting here in September 2014.
Your pooler could spot the Vice President Joe Biden, NSA Susan Rice and the Indian Ambassador to the US, Arun K Singh.
The pool was rushed out at 12.15 p.m.
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