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Narayanachar L. Dialakote from the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Maryland, will participate in the national prayer ceremony for Donald Trump

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Washington, Jan 21, 2017: A Hindu priest will be among various religious leaders who will offer prayers at Washington National Cathedral for Donald Trump on Saturday, a day after he was sworn in as the 45th US President, the media reported.

Narayanachar L. Dialakote from the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland, will offer prayers at the National Prayer Service, also to be attended by Indian American Jesse Singh, the chair of the Sikh Associations of Baltimore and Imam Mohammed Magid from the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Centre in Sterling, Virginia.

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The service would also feature representatives of the Jewish, Baha’i, Navajo, Mormon, Greek Orthodox and many other faiths, reported the Washington Post.

The Hindu priest will be joined by Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Priest Bishop Harry Jackson, and Carlyle Begay to offer prayers.

Alveda King, who is a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Cissie Graham Lynch, a granddaughter of evangelist Billy Graham, will also participate in the prayers.

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The service will include two Jewish clergy: Cantor Mikhail Manevich from the Washington Hebrew Congregation and Rabbi Fred Raskind from Temple Bet Yam in St. Augustine, Florida.

Calls to prayer will be offered by Rev. Canon Rosemarie Duncan. The rabbi, three pastors and Sajid Tarar, a Muslim man from Baltimore who prayed for Trump onstage at the Republican National Convention, will read Biblical passages.

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Others will read prayers for peace. The service will conclude with a prayer for the nation delivered by Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, DC, and a dismissal by Rev. Darrell Scott. There will not be a sermon. (IANS)

 

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Trump to negotiate the trade deal with Japan

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The US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he is negotiating a bilateral trade agreement with Japan and that his country would only re-enter the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) if its member countries offered him a deal he could not refuse.

“I don’t want to go back into TPP. But if they offered us a deal I can’t refuse on behalf of the US, I would do it. In the meantime, we are negotiating, and what I really would prefer is negotiating a one-on-one deal with Japan,” Donald Trump said at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

However, Abe stressed his country’s position towards the TPP, saying that it “is the best for both countries,” although he acknowledged the US’s interest in a bilateral trade deal, Efe reported.

Trump said that should his country reach a trade agreement with Japan, there will be talks about the possibility of ending tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, a move that Washington introduced in March to a number of countries, including Japan.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump added that his primary concern at the moment is the “massive” trade deficit with Japan, which amounted to “from $69 billion to $100 billion a year.”

In fact, the trade deficit with Japan last year stood at $69 billion, far from the $100 billion that the US President claimed, according to the official figures by the US Department of Commerce.

The two leaders made these announcements in a joint press conference at the tycoon’s private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where Abe arrived on Tuesday to have meeting with Trump on his four-day visit to the US.

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Last week, the White House announced that Trump had asked the US foreign trade representative Robert Lighthizer and the economic adviser Larry Kudlow to “take another look at whether or not a better deal (with the TPP) could be negotiated.”

However, Trump has shown little interest in negotiations that would further complicate the matter, since the other 11 countries that negotiated the original TPP, with the then Barack Obama administration, have already signed their own multilateral deal, the so-called Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), or TPP-11.

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On the other hand, during this four-day visit Abe has a special interest in getting an exemption for Japan from the 10 per cent and 25 per cent tariffs that the Trump administration imposes on aluminum and steel imports, respectively.

Trump has granted a temporary exemption until May 1 to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the European Union.

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Japan has been left out of the exempted countries despite being one of the US’s major allies, and for that reason Abe is trying to make use of his visit to secure a place on that list, although Japan barely produces aluminum and the amount of steel exported to the US stands at only around 5 percent of its total steel exports.  IANS