India, US in talks to decide dates for Donald Trump's visit to India
According to a report by the Hindustan Times, a person close to the planning of the visit said that Donald Trump may arrive in India in the first half of the February. However, the timing will depend on the duration of the US Senate trial, expected to start this week, to determine if Trump should be removed from office in impeachment proceedings, the person added.
The White House declined to make a comment on the matter.
Last year, Donald Trump had expressed his inability to attend India's Republic Day as the chief guest due to schedule constraints.
An Indian official who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “Both sides are in touch to work out mutually convenient dates for the visit.” He did not elaborate on the timeline of the state visit.
India and the US have indicated that a short-term deal is in sight and could be signed soon, with a more ambitious longer-term agreement set for a later date. The two sides have been in talks to resolve trade differences and the dialogue could lay the ground for an ambitious Free Trade Agreement.
A trade deal with India, though not of the same size as the one the US and China are scheduled to announce in Washington this week, will be an important achievement of the Trump administration, especially in an election year, with the US President seeking a second term in November.