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US President Donald Trump to speak to PM Narendra Modi as India hopes to build on…

Newly inaugurated US President Donald Trump will speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi late on Tuesday as India’s hope the two nations will build on the “bedrock of strong Indo-US ties”.

Trump’s scheduled, released by the White House, said the US President was scheduled to speak to Modi at 11.30pm IST.

Modi had spoken to Trump in November to convey his best wishes following his electoral victory. The real estate magnate had beaten seasoned politician Hillary Clinton in the knife-edge polls, defying the odds to become the 45th US President.

India is bracing for a “bigly” world order – to use Donald Trump’s trademark adjective for huge.

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Nirupama Rao, a former Indian envoy to Washington, said: “India should not waste time in reaching out to Mr Trump and his team in order to establish a durable understanding that will take the relationship forwards in all sectors of relevance.”

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But officials admit they are yet to figure out what direction the policies of the new president will take.

The overriding view of Trump is uncertainty: he has said little of substance on foreign policy. What he said in his inaugural address, buy American, hire American is not great news for India.

The US President has generally spoken positively about India. But he has also consistently denounced job outsourcing to India, even making fun of the accents of Indian call centre workers.

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If there was one leitmotif of Trump’s campaign, it was his constant barrage against immigrants. It has been pointed out Trump wants a freeze on new green cards and a restructuring of the H-1B visa programme to make it harder for US firms to hire skilled workers from abroad. Indians are the primary recipients of H-1B visa.

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US President Donald Trump to speak to PM Narendra Modi as India hopes to build on…