Trump speaks to Modi on phone, invites India to G-7

U.S president Donald Trump had a telephonic conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday over soaring India-China border issues. During the conversation president Trump has also invited India to the G-7 group. Earlier, Trump had revealed that he was ready to mediate between India and China on the border issue, even though the spat between China and U.S has been constantly increasing regarding the issue of mishandling of the Covid-19 and Hong Kong.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office statement Trump spoke about Group of Seven, and conveyed his desire to expand the range of the grouping beyond the existing membership, to include other important countries including India. To this, Modi said India would be happy to work with US and other countries to ensure success of proposed Summit.

PM Modi and Trump also exchanged views on other topical issues, such as the COVID-19 situation in the two countries, the situation on the India-China border, and the need for reforms in the World Health Organisation,said the statement.

“Had a warm and productive conversation with my friend President @realDonaldTrump. We discussed his plans for the US Presidency of G-7, the COVID-19 pandemic, and many other issues,” Modi tweeted.

“Apart from that, Modi commended Trump for his creative and far-sighted approach, acknowledging the fact that such an expanded forum would be in keeping with the emerging realities of the post-COVID world,” it said.

Modi expressed concern regarding the ongoing civil disturbances in the US, and conveyed his best wishes for an early resolution of the situation.

Trump also warmly recalled his visit to India in February this year. Modi said that the visit had been memorable and historic on many accounts, and had also added new dynamism to the bilateral relationship, the release said.

“The exceptional warmth and candour of the conversation reflected the special nature of the Indo-US ties, as well as the friendship and mutual esteem between both leaders,” the statement added.