WASHINGTON: US president and First Lady Melania Trump will arrive in Delhi on February 24 on a two-day visit of the country, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
This is the first visit of Trump to India after he was elected as president. His predecessor, Barack Obama, had visited India twice, in 2010 and 2015.
The visit was finalised in a telephonic talk Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last week. The two leaders agreed the trip would further strengthen the India-US strategic partnership and highlight the strong and enduring bonds between the American and Indian people.
"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," MR Rangaswami, Indian-American philanthropist and head of Indiaspora, told PTI.
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.
According to him, India has a role to play not only in its immediate neighbourhood but in making sure that the South China Sea and the Indo Pacific region is part of the international global order.
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