United States President Donald Trump had called Prime Minister Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his party’s recent electoral success in state elections, the third telephonic conversation between the two leaders since the new administration took over in Washington, DC.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that Trump congratulated Modi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday on their electoral victories.
“The president spoke with German Chancellor Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Modi earlier today to congratulate them on their parties' success in recent elections,” Spicer said.
The two leaders are expected to meet on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Germany in July.
Merkel’s Christian Democrat party easily won an election in the Saarland state on Sunday, dealing an early blow to centre-left hopes of ending her more than decade-long reign.
Previously, Modi and Trump talked by phone on January 24, when they had resolved to stand ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ in the global fight against terrorism and for defence and security.
According to a White House statement then, Trump had ‘emphasised that the US considers India a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world’.
The two leaders had also exchanged invitations for visits.
Prime Minister Modi was the fifth foreign leader Trump had spoken to on phone after he was sworn-in as the US President on January 20.
He had by then spoken to British Prime Minister Theresa May, Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
After Trump’s victory in the Presidential elections, Modi was among the first world leaders to congratulate him.