New Delhi: US President Donald Trump is reportedly looking forward to visiting India but the timing will depend on his other commitments, a senior State Department official said on Friday. On being asked when would the US president be able to make a visit to India, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asia Region, Alice Wells said,”President Trump does look forward to visiting India again to reflect on what has been an amazingly positive trajectory in our relationship.” Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to Bahrain King, Discusses COVID-19 Situation, Financial Markets
However, she refused to provide detail information about President Trump’s India visit. “I love India, give my regards to my friend PM (Narendra) Modi,” Trump had told External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday as they exchanged pleasantries during a high-level event on counter-narcotics. Also Read - 'Suspending MPLADS Will Cause Delays in Devolution of Funds,' Shashi Tharoor Writes to PM Modi
Modi has met Trump at least twice in the past year the first during a bilateral visit to Washington and then once on the margins of a summit in Manila. Couple of months ago, reports had claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited Trump to be the chief guest at the 2019 Republic Day celebrations. Also Read - COVID-19: India Receives 1.70 Lakh PPE Coveralls From China to Fight Corona Crisis in Country
Notably, a military parade is the centre of the Republic Day celebrations and Trump has been a fan of such parades and wants the US to have one, too. While these parades are held annually across the globe world as part of patriotic celebrations, the US does not have one. At Trump’s suggestion a parade was scheduled for November on Veterans Day, which honours former servicemen, and this year it would coincide with the centenary of the conclusion of the First World War.
(With inputs from agencies)