NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in the Japanese city of Osaka next month, a statement from the government said on Friday.

“They also agreed to work together for further enhancing the close and strategic partnership between the two countries," the statement said referring to a telephonic conversation between Trump and Modi on Friday. This came after Trump put out a Twitter message congratulating the Indian prime minister on Thursday on his election win.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won 303 seats in the 545 member Parliament, with the opposition Congress party left far behind with a tally of just over 50 seats.

The meeting between Trump and Modi comes as the US is set to withdraw some preferential trade measures for India under the Generalised System of Preferences, in a bid to ensure fair trade between the two countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in the Japanese city of Osaka next month, a statement from the government said on Friday.

“They also agreed to work together for further enhancing the close and strategic partnership between the two countries," the statement said referring to a telephonic conversation between Trump and Modi on Friday. This came after Trump put out a Twitter message congratulating the Indian prime minister on Thursday on his election win.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won 303 seats in the 545 member Parliament, with the opposition Congress party left far behind with a tally of just over 50 seats.

The meeting between Trump and Modi comes as the US is set to withdraw some preferential trade measures for India under the Generalised System of Preferences, in a bid to ensure fair trade between the two countries.


It also comes as the US has piled pressure on India to cut its oil supplies from Iran to zero and restrict buying fuel from Venezuela.

There are also differences between the two countries over a government in Afghanistan that includes the rebel Taliban. The US and the Taliban have been in talks to secure a reduction of violence that will enable the US-led international forces to leave Afghanistan.

Besides Trump, congratulatory messages came in from US vice president Mike Pence who said: “Congrats to an American ally & friend PM @narendramodi, on his party’s win in India’s parliamentary election. This was a strong display of the Indian people’s commitment to democracy! We look forward to continuing to work with India for a freer, safer, & more prosperous region."

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo in his message said: “Congratulations to @narendramodi and the NDA for their victory in India’s election, and to the Indian people for casting their votes in such historic numbers. As the world’s largest exercise in democracy, #India’s election is an inspiration around the world."

The governors of the US states of New Jersey and Texas and many senators and Congressmen had also tweeted congratulatory messages.

According to the Indian government statement, the other leaders to have sent messages of congratulations to Modi included King Salman of Saudi Arabia and former prime minister of Nepal Pushpa Kamal Dahal.

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