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US President Donald Trump calls up PM Narendra Modi

US President Donald Trump called up PM Narendra Modi today. The White House had released Trump's schedule for the day and said "The President speaks with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi".

This call is in return for the congratulatory message sent by PM Modi after Trump won the US presidential elections. In fact, PM Modi was among the first 5 world leaders to convey their good wishes on his spectacular win against all odds.

PM Modi had then said the two nations would continue to build on the "bedrock of strong Indo-US ties". Trump was scheduled to speak with PM Modi at 1 PM Washington DC time, which is 11:30 PM IST.

Earlier Trump spoke to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican Premier Pena Nieto, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

According to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, US President Donald Trump spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over telephone. This conversation is a continuation of Trump announcements during the election campaign in which he favoured strengthening of ties with India if elected to power.

India is among the few countries in addition to Israel with whom Trump had indicated he would be looking to forge close ties with. Trump had also voiced his admiration for India's fast economic growth rate and PM Narendra Modi's economic and other reforms.