Donald Trump calls Narendra Modi, says India is a “true friend”


trumpUnited States President Donald Trump called PM Narendra Modi at 11.30pm (IST) on January 24 night underlining the importance of India in the US foreign policy.

After Trump invited Modi to the US and called India a “true friend” of the US, Modi tweeted that the conversation between the duo was warm. “We agreed to work closely on various matters including defence, global terrorism and security among others and also invited President Trump to visit India.”

Modi was the fifth Head of State after Trump’s called Canada and Mexico, Israel and Egypt and ahead of Russia, China or Japan.

The objective of the call was to ensure continuity and possible enhancement of close relations between the two countries.

While this was so, Britain PM Theresa May will be the first Head of State to call on US President Trump.

Meanwhile, Trump is likely to sign executive orders starting on January 25 that include a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. A multi-month ban on allowing refugees into the US is likely for religious minorities, until more hard-hitting vetting is in place.

The border security measures include directing construction of a border wall with Mexico among others. This is being done in a bid to slash the number of illegal immigrants in the US.

That the US President was considering such steps to tighten border security, he could turn his attention to the refugee issue later this week.