The US President,Mr. Donald Trump, has said that he is looking forward to his first visit to India later this month and indicated that the two countries may sign a trade deal.
At the invitation of the Prime Minister,Narendra Modi, Trump is slated to travel to India on February 24 and 25. In addition to New Delhi, he will stop in Ahmedabad in Gujarat to address a joint public meeting with Modi at a stadium.
'He (Modi) is a great gentleman and I look forward to going to India. So, we'll be going at the end of the month,' Mr. Trump told reporters in his Oval Office, a day after the White House announced dates of his trip.
Responding to a question, the President indicated that he is willing to sign a trade deal with India if it is the right one.
'They (Indians) want to do something and we'll see... if we can make the right deal, (we) will do it,' said Trump, a fortnight ahead of his visit.
India's new Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, said that Trump's visit is a 'reflection of the strong personal rapport' between the US President and Prime Minister Modi.
'It also demonstrates their strong desire to take the relationship to new heights,' said Sandhu, who had presented his credentials last week.
Over the last three years, Mr. Trump and Mr. Modi have developed a personal friendship and in 2019, the duo met four times including their joint address before a strong 50,000 crowd of Indian-Americans in Houston.
This year, they have spoken over the phone on two occasions, including the one over the weekend.