New Delhi: Expressing his delight over US President Donald Trump’s India visit later this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this is a very special visit which will “go a long way in further cementing India-USA friendship.”

“India will accord a memorable welcome to our esteemed guests,” PM Modi tweeted. “India and the USA share a common commitment to democracy and pluralism. Our nations are cooperating extensively on a wide range of issues. Robust friendship between our nations augers well not only for our citizens but also for the entire world,” he wrote.

 

US President Donald Trump had earlier praised Modi saying he is a “great gentleman”. Trump said that he spoke to Modi over the weekend and during the conversation, the prime minister told him that millions and millions of people would welcome him from the airport to the cricket stadium.

“When we have 50,000 people, I’m not going to feel so good we’ll have five to seven million people just from the airport to the new stadium. And you know it is the largest stadium in the world. (They are) building it now. It’s almost complete and it’s the largest in the world,” Trump said, as quoted by PTI.

President Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump, will arrive for a two-day India visit on February 24. He will travel to New Delhi and Ahmedabad, which is in PM Modi’s home state of Gujarat and “played such an important role in Mahatma Gandhi’s life and leadership of the Indian independence movement,” the White House said in a statement on Monday.