Donald Trump to speak to Narendra Modi on Tuesday: White House
With the surprising win of Donald Trump as US President on November 8, Modi was among the first five world leaders to have congratulated Trump.
Days after taking over as US President, Donald Trump is set to speak to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday over the phone.
"The President speaks with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi," the White House said as it released Trump's schedule for today. Trump is scheduled to speak with Modi over the phone at 1 pm Washington DC time, which is 11.30 pm IST.
With this Modi would be the fifth foreign leader Trump would have spoken with over phone, after being sworn-in as the US President on January 20.
On January 21, Trump spoke with 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.
Earlier in October, while Trump was a Republican candidate, he attended a charity event organised by the by the Republican Hindu Coalition for the Kashmiri Pandit terror victims and the Bangladeshi Hindu victims in Edison. "Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends, in fact, I would take the term better out and we would be the best friend," Trump had told a cheering crowd of Indian-Americans in Edison, New Jersey.
He praised India's fast growth rate and Modi's bureaucratic and economic reforms.
"We are going to have a phenomenal future together," Trump had said and praised Modi for taking India on fast track growth with series of economic reforms and reforming the bureaucracy, which he said is required in the US too. "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," he had said.