US president Donald Trump likely to visit India in February

Trump's visit if materialises would be his maiden one to India. Photo: PTI

United States president Donald Trump is likely to visit India by the end of February. According to The Hindu, security and logistics teams from Washington are expected to arrive in Delhi to prepare for the visit, dates of which are yet to be announced.

Last year, Trump who was invited to Republic Day celebrations last year, could not attend it as it coincided with his State of the Union address.

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Trump’s visit this year may coincide with his impeachment process by the US Congress and comes in the backdrop of a massive public protest against the Narendra Modi government’s imposition of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

According to the report, Trump’s visit comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited him during a telephonic interaction on January 7. The report said Harsh Shringla, India’s Ambassador to Washington, also the Foreign-Secretary designate, who recently met Trump will be preparing from the Indian side for the visit.

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It is being speculated that the US president during his visit will complete a trade deal that was pending since November 2018. While India is likely to announce a fresh set of investments in the US and an increase in American oil imports, the Indian government expects the US to revoke its cancellation of India’s preferential export GSP status in 2019. Other issues that are likely to be discussed are deals pertaining to aviation, the data localisation bill and e-commerce regulations, the report said.