New Delhi/Washington: President Donald Trump is slated to visit India next month for the first time since he joined office and before he goes to elections for a second term later this year.
New Delhi and Washington DC are in the process of finalizing dates. “We are working on mutually agreed dates. It is likely to happen soon,” an official of the Ministry of External Affairs told IANS.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Trump share a strong relationship, a glimpse of which was displayed last year in Houston where the two leaders endorsed each other before a massive Indian diaspora.
Though, majority of Indians in the US have historically and traditionally been Democrat voters, the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Texas, may have struck a new political dynamic. Republicans in the US hope to swing Indian votes in their favor in the next presidential elections.
President Trump’s visit to India, sources said, will most likely be finalized after his impeachment trial begins in the Senate next week
The last US President who visited India was Barack Obama in 2015.
New Delhi and Washington DC are expected to sign a trade deal pending since 2018, amid an economic slowdown in India.