Trump’s maiden visit to India has been the most awaited one for both Indian and American embassies with the White House announcing the dates of the visit on Tuesday. President Trump and first lady Melania “Trump will travel to New Delhi and Ahmedabad, India, on Feb. 24–25 to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” read an official note released by the White House. On this note, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat started making the necessary preparations for the American President’s visit.
The CMO confirmed the visit stating that Modi and Trump spoke to each other on the phone over the weekend confirming the US President’s scheduled visit. Though both the countries announce it to be an opportunity to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries, the international media revealed some interesting dimensions around the most-hyped visit. Besides the bilateral ties, the main outcome of Trump’s visit is likely to be the finalisation of a trade deal.
However, a few of the leading magazines reported that Washington was unhappy with India’s decision to go ahead with the S-400 missile deal with Russia. Despite US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster denying the reports, the fact that America and India have a rift cannot be ignored. On this note, a section of political analysts speculated the visit has something to do with the patch-up between the countries.