PM Modi had phoned President Trump on January 7 to express New Year greetings.
Based on a standing invitation, officials from New Delhi and Washington are working out mutually agreeable dates for US President, Donald Trump's visit to India. The dates will depend on when the impeachment vote takes place in the US Senate, the sources told NDTV.
New Delhi had requested Trump attend India's Republic Day celebrations as the chief guest in 2019 but the White House in a statement had then said the president was unable to participate due to scheduling constraints. He also canceled his first trip to Latin America as president in April 2018 and a visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, earlier that year because of domestic issues, including a government shutdown and a showdown with Democrats. In June 2019, the US cancelled India's preferential export "GSP" status, and the government hopes Mr. Trump will announce a revocation of that decision during the visit. "I will be going at some point to India". A trade deal with India and China can boost Trump's prospects as he seeks reelection. Reports suggest that India is also hoping for Trump to revoke cancellation of India's "Generalized System of Preference (GSP)" status.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking to build close ties with Washington, had previously invited Trump to attend India's annual Republic Day parade later this month, but the U.S. officials said it would clash with the president's State of the Union address.
This comes at a time when the Centre is facing protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and a proposed pan-India National Register of Citizen (NRC) and also amid concerns expressed by USA lawmakers over the situation in Kashmir.
Trump's visit will also boost the United States administration's support for India's moves in Jammu and Kashmir amid anti-Delhi rhetoric by left-leaning section of Democrats.