Donald Trump Phone Call Narendra Modi for First Time, Says India a ‘True Friend’
24 January, 2017 Tuesday in a phone call with PM Narendra Modi, US President Donald Trump said the US considers India a “true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world”, according to a White House statement.
The two leaders Trump and Modi also discussed opportunities to “strengthen the partnership between the United States and India in broad areas such as the economy and defense”, the statement said without citing specific areas, sectors or goals.
PM Modi and President Trump, who were speaking for the first time after the new US president Donald Trump took charge last Friday, also discussed “security in the region of South and Central Asia”.
President Trump and Prime Minister Modi determined that the US and India stand shoulder to shoulder in the global fight against terrorism.
PM Modi was amongst the first leaders to phone the US President Trump to congratulate him after his election victory, which some spectators saw as repeating the Indian leader’s separatist surge to power in New Delhi.
Even during his phone call, Donald Trump recognized India as one of the countries he would have a special relationship with when trump chose a charity event organized by the Republican Hindu Coalition for the Kashmiri Pandit terror victims and the Bangladeshi Hindu victims in Edison on October 15 to signal what some saw as an India slope.
“Under a Trump Administration, we are going to become even better friends, in fact I would take the term better out and we would be best friends,” Donald Trump told a largely Hindu-American gathering in Edison, New Jersey, adding, “We are going to have a remarkable future together,” and admiring Modi as a very energetic leader he looked forward to working with.
The PM tweeted this morning, “Had a warm conversation with President Donald Trump late last evening. President Trump and I agreed to work closely in the coming days to further strengthen our bilateral ties. Have also invited President Trump to visit India.”