New Delhi: 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted today that he was “delighted” that US President Donald Trump would join him at ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston on September 22, and called it a “special gesture”.

“A special gesture by @POTUS, signifying the special friendship between India and USA! Delighted that President @realDonaldTrump will join the community programme in Houston on the 22nd. Looking forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming him at the programme,” tweeted PM Modi, hours after the White House confirmed that President Trump would drop in.

“The special gesture of President Trump to join us in Houston highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy,” tweeted the Prime Minister.

The White House has said President Trump’s meet with PM Modi in Houston a “will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the world’s oldest and largest democracies”.

Over 50,000 Indian-Americans will attend the sold-out event at Houston’s NRG Stadium, billed by the organisers as the largest-ever turnout for a foreign elected leader on US soil. The Indian-Americans are also potential voters for President Trump, who fights a re-election next year.

“In Houston, President Trump will participate in an event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India… It will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship,” the White House said in a statement.

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