Donald Trump calls India a true friend, Invites PM Modi to US

"Generations of Indian and Hindu Americans have strengthened our country...your values of hard work, education and enterprise have truly enriched our nation," Trump had said during election campaigning

Donald Trump calls India a true friend, Invites PM Modi to US

During a phone call on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump shared thoughts on a wide range of topics, promising to strengthen ties and extended mutual invitations for official visits. Trump emphasised that India is "a true friend."

PM Modi in a series of tweets wrote, “Had a warm conversation with President @realDonaldTrump late last evening. President @realDonaldTrump and I agreed to work closely in the coming days to further strengthen our bilateral ties,” he said.








After the talks, White House also issued an official statement in a readout of the call, saying,  "President Trump emphasised that the US considers India a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world."

The call was scheduled for 11:30 pm IST, that is 1 pm in Washington.

PM Modi was one of the first five world leaders who congratulated Trump on his win in the US Presidential elections. In a series of tweets, Modi had said he looked forward to working with President Trump to "further deepen" India-US ties and "realise the full potential of our cooperation".

During the election campaign, Trump had repeatedly praised India and PM Modi. Expressing personal admiration for PM Modi, Trump had called him a "great man" who was "very energetic in reforming India's bureaucracy". Trump also said he had "great confidence" in India. "Generations of Indian and Hindu Americans have strengthened our country...your values of hard work, education and enterprise have truly enriched our nation."

President Trump, whose "Buy American, Hire American" policy and plans to clamp down on H-1B visas has caused some unease in the Indian IT industry, has so far been positive about India. US markets account for more than half of India's 108-billion IT exports. Every year, thousands of Indians go to work in the US with H-1B visas.

Before his telephonic conversation with PM Modi, President Trump has spoken with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mexican Premier Pena Nieto, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.