Donald Trump’s India visit aimed at deepening strategic ties: White House

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New Delhi: US President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing in New Delhi, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (PTI Photo)

US President Donald Trump’s maiden official visit to India was aimed at deepening the strategic bilateral partnership, the White House has said after he concluded his whirlwind 36-hour tour to the country.

The US and India benefit from the strong economic ties that advance prosperity, investment and job creation in both the countries, the White House said in a statement titled ‘President Donald J Trump is strengthening our strategic partnership with India’.

Underlining it was the first official visit of the president to India, the White House said that both the countries enjoyed a long-standing trade relationship, exceeding USD 142 billion in 2018 alone.

India is a growing destination for American energy exports, it said, adding that during President Trump’s tenure, energy exports to India have grown substantially, generating billions of dollars in revenue.

In India, ExxonMobil signed a deal to further improve India’s natural gas distribution network so that the country can accept even more American LNG exports, it said.

The White House said that the US president and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are working towards a trade pact that reflects the full potential of the bilateral economic partnership.

(PTI)