Trump lauds PM Modi as ‘great leader, loyal friend’ on his 70th birthday

Washington, September 18

US President Donald Trump greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 70th birthday, praising him as a “great leader and loyal friend”.

Trump was amongst a bunch of world leaders, together with Russian President Vladimir Putin, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who wished Modi on his birthday and lauded him for strengthening ties with their nations.

“I would like to extend best wishes and a very happy 70th birthday to the Prime Minister of India, @narendramodi. Many happy returns to a GREAT LEADER and loyal friend!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.

“Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump for your warm wishes. The friendship between our nations is strong and is a force for good for the entire humanity,” Modi responded in a tweet on Friday.

Trump additionally posted {a photograph} of him and First girl Melania Trump with Prime Minister Modi on the ‘Namaste Trump’ occasion. The two leaders had their arms raised and clenched earlier than a 1,25,000-strong crowd who had gathered to welcome the US president on his first India go to at Motera cricket stadium in Ahmedabad in February this yr.

At the occasion, Prime Minister Modi had stated {that a} “new history” was being created. Modi and Trump get pleasure from a “special relationship” and have been engaged on quite a lot of regional and international points.

They ceaselessly speak over the cellphone and the nations have had an unprecedented stage of cooperation even throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

India provided hydroxychloroquine to the US within the early phases of the pandemic and Trump ordered ventilators to India. The two nations are additionally collaborating on the event of vaccines and therapeutics.

On Thursday, Lisa Curtis, the deputy assistant to the US president, informed a high American think-tank the Trump administration has elevated the connection with India and solidified the rising partnership “in ways not seen in any other US administration”.

“The joint statement signed by President Trump and PM Modi following the Trumps’ visit to India in February is testament to this administration’s commitment to building this vital partnership,” Curtis stated.

“Whether we are talking about increasing collaboration to develop therapeutics and vaccines to combat COVID-19; increasing defence cooperation, such as India’s recent decision to purchase US multi-role and attack helicopters worth $3 billion; or enhancing collaboration on cybersecurity, the US-India relationship has never been better,” she stated.

Putin and Merkel wrote letters to Modi, and Johnson and a number of other others tweeted. Several different organisations and people within the US additionally greeted Prime Minister Modi.

“Best wishes to” Modi on his 70th birthday, US India Business Council stated.

“Prime Minister Modi has steered the US-India relationship to new heights, creating a vision for India to play a significant role in helping the world bounce back post-pandemic. We will continue to strengthen US-India ties under your leadership,” USIBC stated.

New York-based celebrated Indian Michelin star Chef, restaurateur Vikas Khanna greeted the prime minister in a tweet: “Wishing you best of health and success”.

“Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on his birthday,” stated Chandrakant Patel, former president of the Overseas Friends of BJP.

Modi responded individually to lots of those that wished him on Twitter.

“People from all over India, from all over the world have shared their kind wishes. I am grateful to each and every person who has greeted me. These greetings give me strength to serve and work towards improving the lives of my fellow citizens,” he stated in certainly one of his late night time tweets.

The Prime Minister additionally urged individuals to take precautions to defeat the coronavirus.

“Since many have asked, what is it that I want for my birthday, here is what I seek right now: Keep wearing a mask and wear it properly. Follow social distancing. Remember ‘Do Gaj Ki Doori.’ Avoid crowded spaces. Improve your immunity. Let us make our planet healthy,” he stated. PTI

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