Washington/New Delhi, Jan 24, 2017: US President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak over the phone with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night.
According to a White House press release, Trump will speak to Modi at 11.30 p.m. IST (1 p.m. D.C. time), marking the first official dialogue between the heads of the two democracies.
Trump has called four other foreign leaders over the phone since he took over charge from Barack Obama on January 20.
The first to receive the call from Trump was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau followed by Mexican Premier Pena Nieto.
Trump called up Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday and dialled Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on Monday.
The Indian PM also gave a congratulatory call to Trump after his surprising victory in the November 8 US presidential election in which he defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
In a series of congratulatory tweets, PM Modi had said he looked forward to working with President Trump to “further deepen” India-US ties and “realise the full potential of our cooperation”.
All throughout his campaign, Trump pushed his India-friendly stand and many times spoke about how important it is to strengthen the relationship with India and Israel if he is elected the 45th President of the United States.
Trump had beaten seasoned politician Hillary Clinton in the knife-edge polls, defying the odds to become the 45th US President.