U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to meet at the G-20 Summit in Japan on June 28 and 29.
“The leaders look forward to seeing one another at the G-20 Summit in Osaka, where the U.S., India, and Japan will hold a trilateral meeting to pursue their shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific,” the White House said on May 24.
The U.S. and India have made enormous strides together which include the expansion of bilateral defence cooperation and combined military exercises, the historic civil nuclear deal, the nearly six-fold increase in U.S.-India trade, the Defence Technology and Trade Initiatives and the designation of India as a Major Defence Partner.
The White House said that the President and Prime Minister pledged to continue to strengthen the United States-India strategic partnership, building on the achievements of the last two years.
Mr. Trump telephoned Mr. Modi to congratulate him on the historic electoral victory in the Lok Sabha polls, the White House said. Prime Minister Modi, on May 23, led the Bharatiya Janata Party to a landmark victory for a second five-year term in the office — winning 302 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.
Speaking to reporters at the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on his way to Japan, Mr. Trump said, “I just spoke to Prime Minister Modi and I gave him my warmest regards and congratulations. I just conveyed congratulations on behalf of our country, myself and everybody. He had a great election win. He is a friend of mine. We have a very good relationship with India.”
In a tweet, later, Mr. Trump tweeted — “Just spoke to Prime Minister @NarendraModi where I congratulated him on his big political victory. He is a great man and leader for the people of India – they are lucky to have him!”
Mr. Trump had tweeted earlier on May 23 congratulating Prime Minister Modi on his “BIG” election — “Great things are in store for the U.S.-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm. I look forward to continuing our important work together!”
Mr. Modi had responded saying, “I too am looking forward to working closely with you for closer bilateral ties, which also augur well for global peace and prosperity.”
The U.S. and China are locked in a tussle for the commercial control of the South China Sea (SCS) which serves as a passage for annual trade worth $3.5 trillion. China claims almost all of the strategic SCS. While Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam push their claims to parts of the resource-rich maritime region, the U.S., Japan and India do not have any territorial claims there.