US, India Leaders Pledge to Boost Security, Trade Ties
U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are pledging to work together to boost security and trade ties.
The two countries “look forward to working together on advanced defense equipment and technology at a level commensurate with that of the closest allies and partners of the United States,” the White House said in a statement issued Monday evening.
Declaring his talks with the president “very successful and very fruitful,” the visiting Indian prime minister gave his host a trademark bear hug in the Rose Garden at the conclusion of their respective statements.
They did not take questions from the dozens of White House correspondents and visiting Indian reporters.
Modi also announced increased cooperation on fighting terrorism, including enhanced sharing of intelligence.
“The top priority for both President Trump and I is to protect our societies from global challenges like terrorism, and our aim is to strengthen India and the United States, the two great democracies of the world,” Modi said alongside Trump.
The U.S. president said New Delhi and Washington can set an example for many other nations and make great strides in defeating common threats.
“We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism,” said the president.
UN Declares Formal End to Fighting in Colombia
The United Nations declared the war between Colombia and FARC rebels formally over Monday after the rebels completed their disarmament.
U.N. monitors say they have "the entirety of the FARC's registered individual arms stored away," except for a handful of weapons being used for security at rural demobilization camps.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and FARC commander Timochenko will hold a formal ceremony marking the end of the fighting at one of those camps Tuesday.
Colombia and the FARC rebels signed a peace accord last year, ending more than 50 years of an uprising against a series of Colombian governments, killing more than 200,000 people.
As part of the accord, many of the former rebels will avoid prison as they transition into civilian life, and FARC will transform itself into a political party.
The government also has opened peace talks with the country's second rebel group, the National Liberation Army.