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"The letter says that the US International Trade Commission determined in a 2014 report that "(i) tariff and investment restrictions were fully eliminated [by India] and standards of IP protection were made comparable to US and Western European levels, US exports to India would rise by two-thirds, and US investment in India would roughly double". It is the first White House dinner for a foreign leader. So, I think that we would like to move forward with both countries.

"They'll start off with a one-on-one meeting".

A crucial bilateral meeting has been scheduled for June 26. That will last for about an hour. Large posters of Trump adorned with marigold flowers were placed throughout the village of mainly mud-brick houses for a renaming ceremony, which was presided over by village heads and an Indian charity. There will be a cocktail reception followed by dinner.

There will be a joint statement released following the bilateral meeting and each side will present a separate statement, the official said.

Referring to his visit to the Netherlands on June 27, Modi said he will have an official meeting with Prime Minister Mark Rutte and exchange views on important global issues, including counter-terrorism and climate change.

The Prime Minister also said that he was looking forward to interacting with the Indian diaspora here later on Saturday. Or should we keep our expectations in check given that nobody quite knows what to expect from President Trump? "We're certainly eager to deepen the strategic partnership with India", he said.

"We want to avoid a situation that escalates the tension" between India and Pakistan, the official said.

U.S. government-backed strongly by its pharmaceutical lobby-is reportedly expected to step up pressure on several governments, including India and others in Asia and Latin America, to enforce and protect intellectual property of pharmaceutical corporations. India and Pakistan should engage in direct talks and seek a normalization of ties, the official said.

On the agenda of the meeting, a senior administration official told reporters that the civil nuclear deal would be part of the discussions between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump.

"We realise that the pace and scope of that relationship is going to be different in each case", the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity said in response to a question on concerns in Pakistan with regard to increasing ties with India.

"We are interested in continuing our relationship with Pakistan".

In April, India was retained on the priority watch list by the USA government based on complaints of MNC drug makers led by United States companies over India's poor enforcement of intellectual property law. "This includes freedom of navigation and overflight", the official asserted.

On Monday, Lockheed Martin announced an agreement with India's Tata Advanced Systems to produce F-16 planes in India, provided it won a contract to equip the Indian Air Force with hundreds of new aircraft.