New Delhi: United States President Donald Trump will urge both India and Pakistan to seek to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control and refrain from actions or statements that could increase tensions in the region, a senior US administration official said ahead of Trump’s maiden visit to India from February 24. The President will also raise the issue of the citizenship law. “We are concerned about the issues that have been raised. President will talk about these issues, in his meetings with PM Modi and will convey that the world is looking at India to continue to uphold its democratic traditions,” the official said. Also Read - Three-tier Security in Place at Hotel For US President Donald Trump's Visit
“President Trump will talk about our shared tradition of democracy and liberty in both his public remarks and in private. He will particularly raise the issue of religious freedom that’s very important for this (Trump)administration,” he added. Also Read - Ivanka Trump to Accompany Donald Trump, Melania Trump on Their First Official India Visit
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The visit demonstrates the strong and enduring ties between the two largest democracies of the world, the White House said on Friday.
“These are ties based on shared democratic traditions, common strategic interests, and enduring bonds between our people. And, in part, this has been exemplified by the very close relationship between the President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said the official, requesting anonymity.
The visiting American delegation includes Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and son-in-law Jared Kushner, who serve as Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President respectively, will also be visiting India.
Senior advisors to President Stephen Miller, Dan Scavino, Chief of Staff to the First Lady Lindsay Reynolds, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Telecommunication Policy and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff Robert Blair, and White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham are the other members of the delegation.
United States Ambassador to India Ken Juster will be travelling with the visiting delegation. The US wants an India that is strong with a capable military that supports peace, stability, and rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific region, the official said.
“Indeed, India is a pillar of our Indo-Pacific strategy, and we continue to work together to promote this vision of a free and open international system based on market economics, good governance, freedom of the seas and skies, and respect for sovereignty,” said the senior administration official.
“This visit will build upon our many shared values, our strategic and economic interests, and lock in those gains made in the relationship by the administration over the last three years,” the official said.
(With Agency Inputs)