Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 22 October 2019

Modi's Texas visit to see Trump shows strong US-Indian ties

Our readers have their say on Narendra Modi's visit to the US, Dubai rents and Brexit

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi take the stage during a rally celebration in Houston, Texas. REUTERS
US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi take the stage during a rally celebration in Houston, Texas. REUTERS

I write to you in reference to your article Howdy, Modi: Donald Trump to join Indian-American extravaganza in Texas (September 22), on the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the city of Houston, Texas.

It was heartening to see the event attended by more than 50,000 Indian-Americans and dignitaries from the US. Mr Trump welcomed his Indian counterpart and congratulated Mr Modi on his mammoth victory in the recent Lok Sabha elections. Various senators and congressmen applauded Indian Americans’ contribution to American society whether it is in business, IT, energy, sport or any other field.

This was an opportunity for the US to recognise the significance of the Indian community in America, not only in Texas but all over the US.

In a speech, Mr Modi thanked Mr Trump and the people of US for such a wonderfully warm welcome for him.

The main purpose of Mr Modi’s visit to US has been to reaffirm ties with Mr Trump and a joint commitment to fight terrorism.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

The only trusted source on Dubai rents fluctuation is the government

I write to you in reference to Deena Kamel’s article Dubai home rent and price decline an opportunity, Core Research says (September 22).

One week, rent prices are stable; the next, they are rising because interest rates have dropped and now they are falling again.

Everyone has an opinion about this. I think we should refer to official statistics instead of relying on research by private companies who might have other reasons.

Ian Hainey, Dubai

A no-deal Brexit could bring the downfall of the UK as we know it

I write to you in reference to your article UK travel company Thomas Cook collapses, stranding hundreds of thousands (September 22).

This is bad news, particularly where Brexit is concerned, and it hasn’t even happened yet. In 2016 the Bank of England and others warned of the disastrous consequences of a referendum. Their assessment was that the referendum results would create greater uncertainty in markets and reduce consumer confidence. This is pretty much what drove Thomas Cook out of business.

A no-deal Brexit could bring UK businesses to a standstill.

Zakaria Fadlallah, Dubai

Updated: September 23, 2019 08:10 PM

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