Donald Trump in India: Key deals signed on defence but not on trade

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –India and the US have signed defence, energy and telecoms deals but failed to reach a much-talked about trade accord.

President Donald Trump hailed a “very productive visit” but said he would keep working with Indian PM Narendra Modi for “a comprehensive trade deal”.

The US is one of India’s biggest trade partners. The two leaders hope the visit will mend a rift over tariffs.

Mr Trump’s visit to Delhi has been marred by the deadliest religious unrest in the capital for decades.

Asked about the violence, he told reporters that the incident was “up to India” to handle.

However, he said he had brought up the issue of religious freedom in the country and was impressed by Mr Modi’s response.

“He [Modi] was incredible, he told me- ‘In India we have worked very hard to have religious freedoms’,” Mr Trump said.

Ten people, including a policeman, have been killed and about 150 injured in protests against a controversial new citizenship law, which critics say discriminates against Muslims.

Mr Modi’s Hindu nationalist government denies this, saying the law only seeks to give amnesty to persecuted minorities.

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