From: Matt Viser [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 12:37 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO ; Allen, Jessica L. EOP/WHO ; Gabriel, Brian A. EOP/WHO
Subject: Pool report #1 / photo spray with PM Modi
During a 15-minute pool spray, POTUS and Indian prime minister Modi, both reiterated that they had discussed a number of topics this morning during their meeting, including cybersecurity, climate change, and economic cooperation.
The remarks of both men, delivered through interpreters seated beside them, were sprinkled with praise for the other. Vice President Biden stood near the back of the room.
“A key priority for both of us is how to promote economic prosperity and opportunity, and poverty alleviation for our people,” POTUS said, legs crossed as Modi sat to his right. “We continue to discuss a wide range of areas where we can cooperate more effectively in order to promote jobs, promote investment, promote trade, and promote greater opportunities for our people, particularly young people, in both of our countries.”
Modi followed up, saying that India is a country with 800 million who are below the age of 35 years old.
“The United States is well aware of the talent that India has,” he said. “We and the United States can work together to bring forward this talent, and use it for the benefit of mankind and use it for the benefit of innovations and use it to achieve new progress.”
Both referenced climate change, noting the agreement signed in Paris and the efforts to ensure that the terms are carried out. Modi said they would meet again at the G20 summit, and hope to have made progress on several issues they had discussed.
At the end of the meeting, POTUS ignored a series of questions about Hillary Clinton – and when he might endorse her. “Thank you,” he said. “Thank you everyone.” The pool was then escorted out, before a working lunch was to begin between POTUS and Modi, as well as Biden, in the Cabinet Room.
Via the White House, here's a list of who was in the meeting from the US side:
The Vice President
Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce
Susan Rice, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative
Brian Deese, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
Tony Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State
Richard Verma, U.S. Ambassador to India
Wally Adeyemo, Deputy Secretary to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics
Peter Lavoy, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South Asian Affairs
Dan Forbes, Director for India
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