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US President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “true friend,” and said he looked forward to his visit to the US, which begins today.

“Look forward to welcoming India’s PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!” Trump tweeted from the President of the United States’ (POTUS) official Twitter handle.

The PM’s reply came just hours later: “Thank you @POTUS for the warm personal welcome. Greatly look forward to my meeting and discussions with you @realDonaldTrump,” he tweeted.

On Monday, after a long day of talks, Trump and Modi will sit down for a working dinner.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has said talks between Trump and Modi will be “robust”.

“The President and the Prime Minister will discuss ongoing cooperation, including counterterrorism, defence partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, global cooperation, burden-sharing, trade, law enforcement and energy. I think it’s going to be a very robust discussion”, he said at his regular briefing on Friday.

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar flew into Washington ahead of the PM’s visit to meet senior officials in the Trump administration, and to lay the groundwork for the Narendra Modi-Donald Trump meeting.

PM Modi left New Delhi on Saturday on a three-nation tour. He’s on his way to the US after wrapping up his trip to Portugal. He’ll visit the Netherlands on June 27 on his way back home.

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