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Saturday, 30 May 2020 11.39 PM IST

“I look forward to being with the people of India, I hear it's going to be a biggest event in India": Trumps takes off for India

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WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is his "friend" and he is looking forward to visit India.


Just before his departure for India, Trump said he committed to visit the country long time back and he is looking forward to be with the people of India.

“I look forward to being with the people of India. We are going to have many millions and millions of people. It's a long trip. I get along very well with Prime Minister Modi. He is a friend of mine,” Trump told reporters outside the White House before boarding Marine One for the Joint Base Andrews.

“I had committed to this trip long time ago. I look forward to it. I hear it's going to be a big event..the biggest event they ever had in India. That's what the Prime Minister told me. It's the biggest event they ever had. It's going to be very exciting. I am going to be there for one night,” said the US President in response to a question.

Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration, will kick-start an eagerly awaited tour of India on Monday, a visit expected to significantly ramp up bilateral defence and strategic ties but unlikely to produce tangible outcome in resolving thorny issues like trade tariffs.

The nearly 36-hour-long visit by Trump is also set to send across a clear message of growing congruence of interests on major geopolitical developments in the region and beyond, particularly when China has been expanding its military and economic clout.

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