H1B visa issue, cross border terror could come up during Modi-Trump talks: MEA

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday that the H1B visa issue is important for India and the discussion on it could come up during the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by wife Melania Trump and a high-level delegation, will arrive in Ahmedabad in Gujarat on February 24 for a little less than a 36-hour-long trip. From Ahmedabad, he will travel to Agra before arriving in Delhi for the main leg of the visit.

Addressing a press conference, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the Indian government has remained engaged in this issue with the administration and the United States Congress.

“It [H1B visa issue] could come up. We have remained engaged in this issue with the government and Us Congress on the movement of Indian professionals. In the partnership, we feel Indians have contributed to the progress of the United States economy. We do expect that movement of Indian professionals is part of the agenda that could come up for discussions,” Raveesh Kumar said.
Speaking further, the MEA spokesperson said Donald Trump’s visit would strengthen India’s global strategic ties. “We are eagerly waiting for President Donald Trump’s visit, it will strengthen our global strategic ties,” he said.

When asked how many pacts will be inked during Donald Trump’s India visit, Raveesh Kumar said, “Around five MoUs – including trade facilitation and homeland security — are under discussion.”

The MEA spokesperson also indicated that cross border terrorism shall figure in Modi-Trump talks, saying that a strong Indo-US counter-terror cooperation was evident after Pulwama attack. On the Namaste Trump invitee list, Raveesh Kumar said, “Donald Trump Nagrik Abhinandan Samiti is deciding on who will be invited.”