NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday welcomed Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to India, saying that the visit of the US President will further strengthen India-US friendship.
“India and the USA share a common commitment to democracy and pluralism. Our nations are cooperating extensively on a wide range of issues. A robust friendship between our nations augurs well not only for our citizens but also for the entire world,” tweeted the Prime Minister.

Trump, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is scheduled to visit India on February 24 and 25, with stops in New Delhi and Ahmedabad.
“India will accord a memorable welcome to our esteemed guests. This visit is a very special one and it will go a long way in further cementing India-USA friendship,” the PM added.

On Wednesday, Trump said that he is looking forward to his first visit to India later this month. The US president also indicated that the two countries may sign a trade deal.
“He (Modi) is a great gentleman and I look forward to going to India. So, we’ll be going at the end of the month,” Trump told reporters in his Oval Office, a day after the White House announced dates of his anticipated India trip.
Responding to a question, the president indicated that he is willing to sign a trade deal with India if it is the right one.
“They (Indians) want to do something and we’ll see… if we can make the right deal, (we) will do it,” said Trump, a fortnight ahead of his visit to the country as the 45th US president.
Trump jokingly told reporters that now he will “not feel good” about the size of the crowd that he addresses in the US which is usually between 40,000 to 50,000.
“He (Modi) said we will have millions and millions of people. My only problem is that last night we probably had 40 or 50,000 people… I’m not going to feel so good… There will be five to seven million people just from the airport to the new stadium (in Ahmedabad),” Trump said.
“And you know (it) is the largest stadium in the world. He’s (Modi) building it now. It’s almost complete and it’s the largest in the world,” Trump said.
The two leaders are expected to joint address a massive public rally at the newly build Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Being built at an estimated cost of $100 million, the Motera Stadium with a seating capacity of 100,000 spectators will be the world’s largest cricket stadium overtaking the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.
(With inputs from agencies)


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