Four days after the Republican President Donald Trump took oath as the 45th President of the US, he invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the United States later this year, during a phone call on late Tuesday night. The President Trump emphasised that the US considers India a ‘true friend’ and partner in addressing issues around the world, said the White House in readout of the call.
Both the leaders talked about economic as well as defence co-operations and regional security issues, said the White House in a statement. PM Modi was the fifth word leader with whom President Trump spoke to after coming to power. The conversation happened at 11:30 pm IST, that is 1 pm in Washington.
Notably, PM Modi had been one of the first leaders to congratulate President Trump after his triumph in the elections. The Prime Minister had said that he looked forward to working with President Trump to “further deepen” India-US ties and “realise the full potential of our cooperation,” in a series of tweets.
President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” policy and plans to crack down on H-1B visas has triggered some restlessness in the Indian IT sector. However, he has so far been positive about India.
The President also expressed personal admiration for PM Modi and called him a “great man” who was “very energetic in reforming India’s bureaucracy”. He said he had a “great confidence” in India adding that “Generations of Indian and Hindu Americans have strengthened our country…your values of hard work, education and enterprise have truly enriched our nation.”
Before his telephonic conversation with Indian PM, President Trump talked with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican Premier Pena Nieto, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.