◄ Donald Trump calls PM Modi to congratulate him on electoral success
◄ WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump phoned PM Narendra Modi and congratulated him on BJP victory in Uttar Pradesh, White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealed on Monday, promising a more detailed readout later in the day on the conversation.This is said to be the third telephone exchange between the two leaders since Trump’s election victory on November 8, 2016.
◄ The two leaders have invited each other to visit their respective countries, and the UP felicitation appears to be just a cover for a more substantive conversation involving an upcoming personal meeting.
◄ India’s foreign secretary S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval have made back-to-back visits to Washington DC, with New Delhi appearing keen not to let the momentum of ties built up during the administrations of George Bush and Barack Obama flag.
◄ Officials who have briefed journalists on the meetings have said the Trump administration appears well-inclined towards India and they detect no hiccups in what has been a steady ramping up of ties.
◄ But there is an element of caution in their approach, particularly with regards to high-level visits, as they try and assess the players and outlook of an administration that has had a rocky start in Washington DC, including with respect to foreign visits.
◄ New Delhi prefers a carefully choreographed visit where the optics will reflect well on its leader, now flush with a massive electoral victory , whereas the Trump administration is all business.