- Rahul Gandhi targetted PM Modi, re-posting tweet from President Trump
- Trump said 'starting to develop better relationship with Pakistan'
- PM Modi and Trump during their meet made strong statements against Pak
Modi ji quick; looks like President Trump needs another hug pic.twitter.com/B4001yw5rg— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) October 15, 2017
PM Modi's last visit to the US in June had been marked by repeated show of camaraderie between him and President Trump. On at least two occasions, the two leaders have been photographed hugging - after their joint statements to the media and before PM Modi left the White House. The US media had also taken note of it.
The joint statements of the two leaders contained strong statements against Pakistan from President Trump and renewed commitments on stronger and better relationship between US and India.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said the two leaders had also asked Pakistan to not allow its territory be used to launch terror attacks. "They asked Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of 26/11, Pathankot and other terror attacks to justice," Mr Jaishankar had said.
But on Saturday, after Pakistani forces rescued an American-Canadian family from the Afghanistan-based Haqqani terror network, President Trump tweeted that he had started to develop a "much better relationship" with Pakistan.
Later, he said, "Yesterday, things happened with Pakistan. I have openly said Pakistan took tremendous advantage of our country for many years, but we're starting to have a real relationship with Pakistan, and they're to respect us as a nation again, and so are other nations."
India is yet to comment on President Trump's tweet, which is seen in the US as approval for Pakistan's good behaviour. The Colemans were kidnapped in 2012 while on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan. Their three children were born while the couple was in captivity.
In August, President Trump had called out Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so.
A month later, in his inaugural speech at the UN General Assembly, he expressed strong reservations about nations that harbor terrorists.
Without naming Pakistan, he had said, "It is time to expose and hold those responsible those countries who support and finance terror groups like Al-Qaeda, Hezabollah and the Taliban and others," he said.