WASHINGTON, June 26 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that the U.S.-India relationship "has never been stronger" after holding talks here with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"India and the United States will always be tied together in friendship and respect," Trump said in a televised remark with Modi in the White House Rose Garden.
Trump welcomed the Indian prime minister for the in-person meeting at the White House and also lauded Modi for leading India toward economic prosperity.
Modi described his talks with Trump as "extremely important," hailing a bilateral relationship that is based on mutual trust and shared values.
"My visit and our talks today will mark a very important page in the history of the collaboration and cooperation between our two nations," Modi said.
"I am sure that under your leadership a mutually beneficial strategic partnership will gain new strength, new positivity, and will reach new heights," Modi told Trump.
This is the first time the two leaders have met face-to-face.
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