New Delhi: US President Donald Trump on Friday said that he would visit India and that he had a very good relationship with the country. Trump would come to India on an invitation extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"I will be going at some point to India," Trump told reporters when asked about his plans to visit the country. He was addressing the media on the South Lawns of the White House.
"We have a lot of things happening with India. We have a very good relationship with India," he said.
Trump, during his meeting with Modi in New York in September, had said the two countries were working on a trade deal.
Officials from both India and the US have said that the work is in progress and are hoping to ink it before the end of the year. Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal will visit Washington on Wednesday to thrash out the pending issues for the proposed trade deal between the two countries. India would be keen to strike a deal with the world’s largest economy after chosing not to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
"We are dealing with India on a lot of different things," Trump said in response to questions, without elaborating.
Trump said Modi "is a very good friend of mine," while referring to the historic 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston in September.
‘Howdy Modi’ was an event organized by Texas India Forum to honour the Indian Prime Minister. It became an extravaganza as Modi went on to address at least a 50,000-strong crowd at Houston’s NRG stadium. Trump joined Modi mid-way through the event and played second fiddle to the Indian PM as he attempted to woo the Indian diaspora. The bonhomie between two was all on display as the two showered praise on each other.
With inputs from PTI