The United States President Donald Trump will travel to India from February 24-25, the White House announced on Tuesday. This will be Trump’s first trip to India as the US president.
Trump and US First Lady Melania Trump will travel to New Delhi and Ahmedabad during the visit, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
His predecessor, Barack Obama, had travelled to India twice, in 2010 and 2015.
During a phone call over the weekend, Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed the trip would further strengthen the India-US strategic partnership and highlight the strong and enduring bonds between the American and Indian people, she said.
“President Trump’s trip to India is timely in view of the bilateral trade issues that need to be resolved and in light of the collaborations between the US and India in various realms,” M R Rangaswami, Indian-American philanthropist and head of Indiaspora said.
Describing this as a significant visit, Mukesh Aghi, president of the US-India Strategic and Partnership Forum, noted that last three American presidents had made trips to India.
“It’s essential to send a message to the region that India is a significant partner and the president values that,” Aghi told PTI.US President Donald Trump to visit India on February 24-25, says White House