Stage set for Modi – Trump meet later this month

RSTV Bureau

Saying that Donald Trump Administration is looking towards strengthening ties with India US Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said that it is ready to host Prime Minister Modi.

“We look forward to having the (Indian) Prime Minister here in Washington. I believe it’s later this month,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday.

Modi-in-SpainPrime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to make a visit to Washington DC on June 25-27 in what is being characterized as a “get-to-know-Trump” visit involving the first meeting between the two leaders.

This would be Modi’s first trip to the US under the Trump administration and the meeting gains importance at a time when Indians living in United states are facing a crisis like situation after trump administration changes H1 B norms.

. The two leaders have spoken over phone for at least three times. Actual schedule of the meeting of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Modi is not yet finalised.

Ahead of the visit, a top Indian diplomat has said that “partnership” is the best way to describe India-US relationship.

File photo: President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), on  Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md.

File photo: President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he arrives to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), on Feb. 24, 2017, in Oxon Hill, Md.

Addressing a gathering in Washington DC Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna said that the best way to describe and qualify this relationship is partnership.

Other than partnership, Sarna said, “it’s very difficult to see, where India fits in with the US”.

“It is not an ally in classical sense and neither is it part of an umbrella grouping. India’s relationship with the US is many ways that of a partnership, as the countries who have a lot to offer each other at the moment,” he said.

The diplomat said that Indian Diaspora and the industry has played a key role in strengthening this relationship.

“What people may know less is that a large number of Indian corpor ates are invested in the United States, and are investing money and technology and also sharing very highly skilled professions.

modi-obamaIndia and US have been engaging and seeking cooperation in Knowledge and Technology transfer for several years now.

Under the previous Obama Administration, Modi had a record number of eight meetings with Barack Obama. Modi travelled to Washington three times and Obama made a historic trip to India to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations in 2015.