Trump calls Modi to congratulate him on UP election results

Indo Asian News Service

Washington, March 28 (IANS) US President Donald Trump telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday to congratulate him on the Bharatiya Janata Party's victory in Uttar Pradesh and other states, according to the White House.

During the call to "congratulate him on the outcome of India's recent state-level elections", Trump also "expressed support for the Prime Minister's economic reform agenda and emphasised his great respect for the people of India", said a statement from Press Secretary Sean Spicer's office on Tuesday.

Trump, who had earlier invited Modi to visit the US, said "he looks forward to hosting Prime Minister Modi in Washington later this year," the statement added.

The BJP formed governments in four of the five states which held assembly elections recently, winning a stunning victory in UP, where it won 312 of the 403 seats.