New Delhi: With just five days left for US President Donald Trump to visit India, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Wednesday said that both the countries are expected to hold talks in a number of areas including that of defence, counter-terrorism and regional issues. Also Read - Wall, Eviction, Water to Reduce Yamuna's Foul Smell: How Preparations For Namaste Trump Made Headlines
“India and USA are expected to hold talks in areas of defence, counter-terrorism, people to people contact, energy and regional issues,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said ahead of Trump’s visit to India. Also Read - 'Urge Government to Fulfil my Dream,' Says Trump 'Superfan' Ahead of US President's Visit to India
He said this will be the fifth meeting between PM Modi and President Trump in the past 8 months. He also added that some defence deals may fructify during Trump’s visit to the country.
“India and US do not want to rush in finalising a trade deal; both sides to take a decision considering the long-term view,” he added.
Saying that it is a strategic partnership and a forward-looking relationship, Shringla said Trump is expected to be accompanied by a high-level delegation including his cabinet ministers.
“US President Donald Trump will speak to PM Narendra Modi at Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad (Gujarat). It will be similar to Howdy Modi event in Houston,” Shringla added.
Whole programme during the visit
During the visit, PM Modi will on February 24 personally receive President Trump and Melania Trump in Ahmedabad. This will be followed by a Roadshow by the two leaders to Motera Stadium. This will include a stopover at Sabarmati Ashram, where they will spend 15 minutes. On the same day, they will visit Taj Mahal at 5 PM. Then, they leave for Delhi where the night stay will be at ITC Maurya.
Shringla said India and US have an unprecedented level of convergence. Talking about the visit plan, Shringla said President Trump and PM Modi will hold extensive talks on February 25 on a range of issues including defence and trade.
He said that PM Modi will host a lunch for President Trump, while President Kovind will host a banquet for him.