The White House announced on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump will embark on a two-day visit to India from February 24 to 25. It further informed that he would travel to New Delhi and Ahmedabad to further strengthen the strategic bilateral partnership and highlight the strong bonds between the two countries. First Lady Trump will accompany President Trump.
Just a few hours after the White House announcement, the Ministry of External affair said US President Donald Trump’s maiden visit to India would create a path to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries further. India had invited President Trump to attend the Republic Day parade, but he could not come due to scheduling issues.
Last year, when Mr Trump visited India, PM Modi reminded him of his invitation to visit India along with his family. The external affairs ministry said, “The visit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to review progress in bilateral ties and further strengthen our strategic partnership.”
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, “During a phone call over the weekend, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi agreed the trip would further strengthen the India-US strategic partnership and highlight the strong and enduring bonds between the American and Indian people.”
The main reason behind Trump’s visit is likely to be the finalisation of a trade deal. The MEA said in a statement that the India-US global strategic partnership is based on “trust, shared values, mutual respect and understanding”, and marked by warmth and friendship between the peoples of the two countries.
“The relationship has further evolved under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, with significant progress in all areas, including trade, defence, counter-terrorism, energy, coordination on regional and global issues as well as people-to-people ties,” the MEA said.
The President of the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum, Mukesh Aghi, described the visit to be significant and noted that the last three American presidents had made trips to India. Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama had travelled to India in 2010 and 2015. Mukesh Aghi also stated India plays a significant role in making sure that the South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific region is part of the international global order.