In a significant diplomatic move that is expected to pay great dividends for the United States in South Asia and surrounding region, new US President Donald Trump called up PM Narendra Modi tonight as reported by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Trump ramped up anti-China rhetoric during the presidential elections campaign and even thereafter choose not to mince his words about not being happy with the policies followed by the Asian country. India, in this scheme of things, acquires significance as a great economic power in the making that could be a bulwark against China rising power. India has been logging the highest growth rates and over the next decade is expected to keep up and in fact raise them even more. Both the heads of governments in the two most significant democracies in the world have already interacted.
Earlier, on the day of his inauguration, PM Modi had conveyed his congratulatory message and indicated his desire to work closely with the new Trump administration. Today, President Trump is calling back to express his thoughts on the budding relationship with his administration. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the fifth heads of state with who President Trump have spoken to after assuming office.
Ever since Donald Trump have have taken charge of the White House he have called on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican Premier Pena Nieto. On Sunday, Trump spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and yesterday he had a telephonic conversation with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
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On October 15 while addressing a gathering of Indian-Americans at Edison in New Jersey, Trump as a republican nominee had said “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Modi,” he had said, adding that the Indian leader is very energetic. “India is key and a key strategic ally,”
The 45th President of United States, Donald Trump, speaking over phone with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, described India as a “true friend” of US in “addressing challenges around the world.” Four days after being sworn-in as the President of United States, Donald Trump invited PM Narendra Modi to pay a visit to US later this year. The two leaders touched on issues like trade, economy, defence and terrorism.
The two leaders also discussed on opportunities that can strengthen ties between two of the world’s largest democracies. Security concerning South and Central Asia was also on their cards.
PM Narendra Modi was among the first five leaders in the world to congratulate Donald Trump on his astonishing victory in US Presidential election.
(With news and inputs as received from PTI)