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Positive on India-made SE iPhones, app developers, Tim Cook tells PM

26 June 2017

Modi, during his meeting with the CEOs of top 20 American firms, also said that India attracted the largest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) as a result of the National Democratic Alliance government's policies in the last three years.

During both his interactions in Washington DC on Sunday, June 25 - one with the top 20 CEOs of U.S. companies and another with the Indian diaspora in the country - Modi painted a rosy picture of the country. "Terrorists have themselves explained it to them", said Modi.

Noting that US-India trade has tripled over the last decade, reaching a historic high of almost Dollars 110 billion in 2015, USIBC said there is an opportunity for both the countries to also sync their regulatory and standards system to increase trade and investment. "Ahead of his meeting at the White House, we're urging PM Modi not to cave into any pressure from the United States", said Leena Menghaney, South Asia Head for global NGO Médecins Sans Frontières's (MSF) Access Campaign.

"The entire world could have raised many questions and pointed fingers at us for the surgical strike".

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"When India carried out the surgical strikes, the world realised our strength and saw that while we exercise restraint, when the need arises, India can also show its strength and might in dealing with terror and protecting itself", he said to thunderous applause from the audience.

"It is a different matter for those who had to suffer due to the surgical strikes", he said, taking a jibe at Pakistan.

"Through technology driven governance we are creating an "Adhunik Bharat", Prime Minister said while addressing the Indian diaspora.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is learnt to have told Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the company's first India-made iPhone - the iPhone SE - during a meeting of delegation of American business leaders in Washington on Sunday.

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India-US bilateral trade, which stands somewhere around $115 billion, technology partnerships, defence cooperation and key Indian flagship development programmes are also expected to figure in the talks. "This is India's tradition and culture", he underlined, apparently referring to China's growing assertiveness in the resource- rich South China Sea, where Beijing has territorial disputes with its neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. "We are bound by worldwide laws".

"This is our nature and character", he said.

He added: "The world did not and can not stop us". He said the External Affairs Ministry is now connected with the poorest of the poor in the country. "However, we are making good use of time to hold discussions on techno- commercial aspects", a senior government official said.

With the current crisis in the Gulf where a number of countries led by Saudi Arabia have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar for allegedly supporting terrorism, the issue is expected to be discussed in detail.

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