WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said he was looking forward to his first visit to India later this month and signaled his willingness to sign a trade deal with New Delhi "if we can do the right thing."
President Trump will pay a state visit to India on February 24-25 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who said Wednesday that the US President's visit will be "very special" and will make a major contribution to India's further cementing – USA ties.
Trump went to Twiiter and tweeted: "http://zeenews.india.com/"Great honor, I think? Mark Zuckerberg recently said: “Donald J. Trump is number 1 on Facebook. Number 2 is the Indian Prime Minister Modi. “I'm actually going to India in two weeks. I look forward to it! "Http://zeenews.india.com/"
Great honor, I think? Mark Zuckerberg recently said: “Donald J. Trump is number 1 on Facebook. Number 2 is the Indian Prime Minister Modi. “I'm actually going to India in two weeks. Look forward to something!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2020
Recently, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump thanked PM Modi in a tweet and said she was looking forward to visiting Ahmedabad and New Delhi.
Thank you very much @ Narendramodi for the friendly invitation. I look forward to visiting Ahmedabad & New Dehli later this month. @POTUS & I look forward to the trip & to celebrate the close relationship between the #UNITED STATES & #India, https://t.co/49LzQPiVLf
– Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) February 12, 2020
Trump had praised PM Modi as "http://zeenews.india.com/"a great gentleman" http://zeenews.india.com/ and said he was looking forward to going to India a day after the white man House announced the dates of his highly anticipated trip to India.
The upcoming visit of President Donald Trump to India will be "delightful spectacle" and "extremely successful" in many ways, major American experts on South Asia issues have said.
This would be the first bilateral visit by the President in the third decade of the 21st century and also the first after his Senate acquittal in impeachment proceedings.
Trump is expected to be greeted by Lakhs when he arrives in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Together with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he is expected to deliver a historical speech to hundreds and thousands of people at the newly constructed Motera Stadium, the world's largest cricket stadium.
The two countries are negotiating a trade package to compensate for differences and promote reciprocal trade. An official in New Delhi said the two countries are leading hectic parleys for a proposed trade deal before Trump's visit. However, it is currently not clear whether the trade pact will be signed during Trump's visit, the official added.
Minister of Commerce Piyush Goyal and US Commerce Representative Robert Lighthizer have held several rounds of calls over the past few weeks. India calls for the exemption from high tariffs imposed by the United States on certain steel and aluminum products, the resumption of export benefits for certain domestic products under its Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), and better market access for its products from sectors such as agriculture, automotive and auto components and engineering.
The United States, on the other hand, wants better market access for its agricultural and manufacturing products, dairy products and medical devices and is lowering import duties for some ICT products. It has also raised concerns about a large trade deficit with India, which was $ 16.9 billion in 2018-19.
(With agency input)