1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Washington this year, says White House

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Washington this year, says White House

US President Donald Trump spoke by phone to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and said he looked forward to playing host to a visit by Modi to Washington later this year.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: March 28, 2017 11:55 PM
PM Narendra Modi and President Donald trump are likely to meet on sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Germany in July this year. (Reuters)

US President Donald Trump yesterday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on recent Assembly elections results. During his telephonic conversation, he also expressed support for prime minister’s economic reform agenda, the White House has said.

“President Donald J Trump spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him on the outcome of India’s recent Assembly elections,” the White House said in a statement. “ Donald Trump also expressed support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic reform agenda and stressed his great respect for the people of India,” it said.

“President Trump also said he looks forward to hosting Prime Minister Modi in Washington later this year,” said the statement added further. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer earlier told media persons that the president congratulated Narendra Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on their electoral wins.

PM Narendra Modi and President Donald trump are likely to meet on sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Germany in July this year. After the elections in five states’, the BJP formed the government in four states: Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa. However, it lost Punjab to Congress.

On the other hand, Merkel’s Christian Democrat party comfortably won an election in the Saarland state last Sunday. “The two leaders also used the occasion to reflect on the Chancellor’s March 17 visit to the White House. The President said he looked forward to visiting Hamburg, Germany for the G-20 Summit on July 7th and 8th,” the White House said.

Earlier, both leaders spoke on phone in January, when they had pledged to stand together in fight against terrorism. Narendra Modi was the fifth global leader Donald Trump had spoken to on phone after taking over as president on January 20.

(With inputs from PTI)

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