WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump will embark on a two-day visit to India, the White House said on Tuesday.
The President will travel to New Delhi and Ahmedabad to further strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership.
The trip will highlight the strong and enduring bonds between the American and Indian people.
Trump will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump for his visit to India on February 24 and 25, said the White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham.
Stephanie said that President Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked on a phone call over the weekend.
“During a phone call over the weekend, President Trump and Prime Minister Modi agreed the trip will further strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership and highlight the strong and enduring bonds between the American and Indian people,” Stephanie Grisham said.
“The President and The First Lady will travel to New Delhi and Ahmedabad, which is in Prime Minister Modi’s home state of Gujarat and played such an important role in Mahatma Gandhi’s life and leadership of the Indian independence movement,” the White House said.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said Trump’s visit will provide an opportunity to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.
“The visit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to review progress in bilateral ties and further strengthen our strategic partnership,” the MEA said.
“The global strategic partnership between India and the U.S. 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 adds.