President of the United States Donald Trump on Saturday, November 9, called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a good friend. Trump said that the US has a very good relationship with India. He also mentioned the recent 'Howdy Modi' event that was organised in Houston.
Speaking about PM Modi and the ties with India President Trump said, "We are dealing with India in lot of different things. Prime Minister Modi is a good friend of mine. You saw me in Houston at the event. 55000 people were there present. We have a lot of things happening with India. We have a very good relationship with India. PM Modi wants me to come to India. At some point, I will come to India."
Earlier, Trump during his meeting with Modi in New York in September, said the two countries are working on a trade deal. Officials from both India and the US have said that the work is in progress and are hoping to ink it before the end of the year.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on October 20, said negotiations between India and the United States on a trade deal are going on in "full speed" and expressed hope that it will conclude soon. The ongoing trade deal negotiations briefly came up for discussion during a pull-aside between Sitharaman and US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at the IMF headquarters. Mnuchin is scheduled to visit India early next month.
"In fact, I broadly mentioned it to Secretary Mnuchin, but that is something on which the Commerce minister and Mr (Robert) Lighthizer (US Trade Representatives) are working. My inputs are that the negotiations are going in full speed and there's a great intensity with which both sides are engaging and hopefully the deal will be structured soon," Sitharaman said.
A piece of 90-minute engrossing music, dance, and multimedia show flagged off the ‘Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures’ programme on September 22 in Houston. About 50,000 people attended the event 'Howdy, Modi!'. It featured 400 artists from Texas and other parts of the US, with 27 groups performing in a seamless manner.
This was followed by an address by US President Trump, who not only laid down the achievements of his administration but also lauded the work of PM Modi’s government in India. Subsequently, the PM delivered his speech, covering a range of issues from Article 370 to highlighting the diversity of the country.