The newly elected US President Donald Trump in a phone call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that the US considers India a “true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world”. The two leaders discussed ways in which economic and trade relations could be strengthened. They also said that the two countries would join hands against terrorism.
During his election campaign, India was among the few countries in addition to Israel with whom Mr. Trump had spoken of strengthening ties if elected to power. This significance of US' partnership with India was reflected in the fact that President Trump called Prime Minister Modi before he spoke with important allies like Britain, Germany and Japan or major powers like China and Russia since formally taking office last Friday.
After yesterday's phone call, the White House said that President Trump invited PM Modi to visit him later this year. In tweets this morning, Prime Minister Modi said he too has invited the US President to India.