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US President Donald Trump announces his first visit to India

President Donald Trump and Melania Trump will attend official engagements in Delhi and Ahmedabad, and interact with a cross-section of Indian society.

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump’s visit to India this month and will provide an opportunity to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday.

The Ministry of External Affairs statement came hours after the White House announced that the US president and First Lady Melania Trump will visit India from February 24 to 25.

India had invited Trump to attend the Republic Day parade as the chief guest in 2019 but the US President could not come due to scheduling issues.

During his visit to the US in September 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reminded Donald Trump of his invitation to him to visit India along with his family.

The MEA said, “The visit will provide an opportunity for the two leaders to review progress in bilateral ties and further strengthen our strategic partnership,”. President Donald Trump and Melania Trump will attend official engagements in Delhi and Ahmedabad, and interact with a cross-section of Indian society.

The main reason for Donald Trump’s visit is likely to be the finalisation of a trade deal.

The MEA added the global strategic partnership between India and the US is based on “trust, shared values, mutual respect and understanding”, and marked by warmth and friendship between the peoples of the two countries.

“Further the relationship evolved under the leadership of PM Modi and President Trump, with important progress in all areas, including trade, defense, counter-terrorism, energy, coordination on regional and global issues as well as people-to-people ties,” the MEA said.

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