New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was accorded a ceremonial welcome on his arrival at the NRG Stadium for ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston, poured out his praise and appreciation for his ‘good friend’ Donald Trump and said ‘Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkar’.

During his brief inaugural speech, PM Modi introduced Donald Trump to the Indian-American community and described him as a ‘special person’ of the evening.

“I admire President Trump for his sense of leadership, passion for America and concern for every American,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

PM Modi said he has a good friend in White House. “Your presence here is a testimony to that,” he told Trump. He said this as the US is heading to 2020 presidential polls.

He said millions around the world in different time zones are with India today. “They are witnessing history in the making. President, you had introduced me to your family in 2017 and today I have the honour to introduce you to my family,” he said.

“We have met a few times, every time he has been the same warm, friendly, and accessible person. I appreciate him for his leadership and love for his country,” he said.

Looking forward to seeing Trump as US President again, PM Modi said, “We in India connected well with President Trump and with the words of candidate Trump, ‘Ab ki baar Trump sarkar, rang loud and clear,” he said.

At the beginning of the event, PM Modi was presented the key to Houston after his arrival at the NRG Stadium. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner presented a large and golden cut-out of the key to PM Modi just after he reached the stage for the mega event. The key was given as a gesture of recognition of the unique relationship shared between India and the US.