India and the United States share “unshakeable” ties, said US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS), Alice Wells, on Sunday, adding that the upcoming visit of President Donald Trump will further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
“The U.S. and #India enjoy a close partnership that grows stronger day by day. Together, we are breaking records. For example, we welcomed a record number of Indian exchange students to the US last year and hope to receive even more this year,” said Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in a tweet attributed to Alice Wells.
“The ties between our countries are unshakeable, and we look forward to an even warmer relationship as @narendramodi hosts @POTUS later this month,” it added.
Trump will pay a two-day state visit to India from February 24 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“India is at the heart of the Indo-Pacific region and plays an increasingly prominent role on the world’s stage. The U.S. looks forward to partnering with #India at every step of the way, ” Alice Wells further said.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Trump is expected to attend an event at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad on the lines of the ”Howdy Modi” function that was addressed by the US President and PM Modi in Houston in September last year. Trump is slated to pay a two-day visit to India from February 24.
During the visit, Trump, who will be accompanied by First Lady Melania, will attend official engagements in New Delhi and Ahmedabad, and interact with a wide cross-section of the Indian society, the MEA said in a statement.
The announcement of Trump’s first official visit to India was earlier made by the White House on Monday, which, in its statement, said that the US President and Modi had agreed during a recent phone conversation that the trip will “further strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership and highlight the strong and enduring bonds between the American and Indian people”.