On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump has said he is looking forward to his maiden visit to India later this month, indicating a possible signing of a trade deal.
During this much-anticipated visit, Trump also said that five to seven million people are expected to receive him in Ahmedabad.
According to the official invitation received by the White House, the US President and First Lady Melania Trump are tentatively scheduled to travel on February 24-25 to Delhi and Ahmedabad.
Trump said, “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.”
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, an event on the lines of ‘Howdy Modi’ is eagerly expected to take place at the Motera Stadium. Trump also mentioned about being hopeful about a trade deal between the two countries.
Indian Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu justly said the anticipated visit demonstrated a “reflection of the strong personal rapport” among the US President and Modi.
MEA in an official statement said that First Lady Melania Trump would also accompany the US President. She will be seen attending some official engagements and interacting positively with the Indian audience in both New Delhi and Ahmedabad.
The official visit would naturally strengthen the strategic partnerships and bilateral ties between the two countries.
“The global strategic partnerships between India and the US are based on trust, shared values, mutual respect and understanding, and marked by warmth and friendship between the peoples of the two countries,” an official MEA statement said.
Over the last three years, the duo has met four times, once officially addressing a boisterous crowd of 50,000 Indian-Americans in Houston. Trump jokingly mentioned that he would ‘not feel good’ because he typically addresses a crowd of 40-50,000.
The two prominent leaders are eagerly expected to address a joint session at the Motera Stadium, being built at an estimated cost of 100 dollar million. It provides a seating capacity of 100,000 spectators. It will be the world’s largest cricket stadium overtaking Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.