Houston, United States, Sep 22 : In indication that US President may visit India soon, Donald Trump on Sunday said in a lighter vein he could land up in India to witness the NBA Basketball game.
"Next week, thousands of people will gather in Mumbai to watch the first-ever, NBA basketball game in India...Am I invited Mr. Prime Minister? I may come, be careful, I may come," Mr Trump said while Prime Minister Narendra Modi laughed. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced that 3,000 students from over 70 schools will be extended invitations for the first-ever NBA game in India to be played in Mumbai in October.
"...India will have access to another world class American product- NBA basketball. Wow, sounds good," said President. Later in his speech, Prime Minister invited President to visit India with his family. In his speech, Mr Trump described Prime Minister Modi as America's loyal friend and said he is doing an 'exceptional job' for India.
"Under Prime Minister Modi the world is witnessing a strong, thriving and sovereign India," Mr Trump said. In his address, Mr Modi said he is just a "common man working on the directions of 130 crore Indians". The Prime Minister said in 2014, President Trump has said that he will be true friend of India and he had kept his world.
Mr Modi echoed his own poll slogan and said ''Ab ki baar Trump sarkar'', which can be in reference to next year's presidential elections in America. ''Mr President, you introduced me to your family in 2017, today I have the honour to introduce my family'' , the Prime Minister said in reference to overwhelming presence of Indian Americans in the NRG stadium.
Mr Modi said ''Our two nations have taken the relationship to a new height and Mr President, this morning you can feel the heartbeats of this great partnership in this celebration of these two largest democracies.'' In his address, Mr Trump said ''Both India and US understand that to keep our community safe, we must protect our borders". President Trump also said ''We are committed to protecting innocent civilians from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism''. (UNI)