New Delhi: US President Donald Trump reiterated his enthusiasm over his visit to India next week and drew a Facebook connection between him and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

“Great honor, I think? Mark Zuckerberg recently stated that “Donald J. Trump is Number 1 on Facebook. Number 2 is Prime Minister Modi of India.” Actually, I am going to India in two weeks. Looking forward to it!” he tweeted. This is not the first time that Donald Trump said this. In an interview in Davos during World Economic Forum, he said, “I’m No.1 on Facebook, you know who’s no.2? Modi from India.” However, it’s not clear why Donald Trump claims him to be number one on Facebook as Narendra Modi has more followers than him.

Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump will pay a state visit to India on February 24-25 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

An official in New Delhi said the two countries are engaged in rounds of negotiations for a proposed trade deal ahead of Trump’s visit. But as of now, there is no clarity if the trade pact will be signed during Trump’s visit, the official added.

“They (Indians) want to do something and we’ll see… if we can make the right deal, (we) will do it,” Trump had said earlier.

India to open poultry, dairy market to the US

India has decided to open up its poultry and dairy markets to the United States in a bid to revive India-US trade ties, which hit a stonewall after Trump suspended India’s special trade designation in 2019 as Modi out price caps on medical devices.

India has offered to allow imports of US chicken legs, turkey and produces such as blueberries and cherries, Indian government sources said and has offered to cut tariffs on chicken legs from 100% to 25%. US negotiators want that tariff cut to 10%, reports said.

The two leaders are expected to jointly address a massive public rally at the newly built Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Being built at an estimated cost of $100 million, the Motera Stadium with a seating capacity of 1,10,000 spectators will be the world’s largest cricket stadium, overtaking the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia that can hold 1,00,024 people.

(With Agency Inputs)