Trump administration invites PM Modi for US visit

“President Trump has said he looks forward to hosting Prime Minister Modi in Washington later this year,” a statement issued by the White House said on Wednesday.

Published: 29th March 2017 01:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2017 11:56 AM   |  A+A-

White House press secretary Sean Spicer. | AP

NEW DELHI: In an indication of the continuing bonhomie between India and the US, despite the recent unease over visa curbs, the newly elected Trump administration has extended an invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“President Trump has said he looks forward to hosting Prime Minister Modi in Washington later this year,” a statement issued by the White House said on Wednesday.

“President Trump also expressed support for the Prime Minister’s economic reform agenda and emphasized his great respect for the people of India,” the statement said. The US President in a telephonic conversation congratulated PM Modi on the outcome of recent state elections, the White House said. 

This was the third telephonic conversation between the two leaders after Trump’s electoral victory in November last year. Earlier, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Monday that Trump congratulated Modi on his electoral victories.

“The president spoke with German Chancellor Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Modi earlier today to congratulate them on their parties’ success in recent elections,” Spicer said. The two leaders are expected to meet on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Germany in July.

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