As per U.S. officials, Trump is expected to discuss the U.S.’s concerns on CAA and NRC with the Prime Minister on his visit to India next week. Mr. Trump is also likely to discuss ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan.
CAA and Proposed NRC
In light of the relationship between President Trump and Prime Minister Modi, these discussions will be crucial to follow. At a time while concern in Washington is widely discussed over passage of the CAA and execution of NRC in Assam.
In response to questions asked to U.S. officials on Trump’s visit, the official have responded that U.S. administration is “concerned” about “religious freedom issues”. The same is “extremely important” to the current U.S. administration and will be discussed with India during the visit “both in public remarks and certainly in private,”.
India and Pakistan Issues
On questions being asked about ongoing Kashmir issue, the official said that this will be raised by Mr. Trump and he would very much encourage a dialogue between both the countries for “reduction in tensions”. He further said that President will urge both India and Pakistan to maintain peace and stability and refrain from any actions or statements that could lead to increase of tensions between the two.
On questions of the Afghanistan issue and whether the same is planned to discuss with Mr. Modi, the official said that if this will come up during the visit, the U.S. would look forward to India’s support in the peace process.
On questions of speculation over the announcement of a trade package, the officials said that the same is really dependent upon what the Indians are prepared to do. That said, we have many crucial commercial deals in a number of key sectors, which are of great significance and we’re very pleased to announce.
As per the official statement, the U.S. wants a strong India, which has a capable military and can support peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. That said, we will continue to work together to promote the vision of a “free and open international system based on market economics, good governance, freedom of the seas and skies and respect for sovereignty,” the official said.
The individuals that will accompany President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump as per the officials: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner (daughter and son-in-law) as senior advisors, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Chief of Staff to the First Lady, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, U.S. NSA Robert O’Brien, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai, Lisa Curtis Director on the National Security Council for South and Central Asia, advisor in the Office of National Intelligence Kash Patel, Senior Advisor Stephen Miller, Dan Scavino, Lindsey Reynolds, senior White House staffer Rob Blair and Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham.