First meeting between Narendra Modi and Donald Trump after PM’s re-election to take place in Japan on sidelines of G20 Osaka Summit

Washington: The United States President Donald Trump will hold a number of meetings with world leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, on the sidelines of G20 Osaka Summit in Japan this week and is expected to discuss several issues, including trade.

Trump is scheduled to leave for Japan on June 27 to attend the two-day summit meeting of G-20 leaders in Osaka on June 28 and 29.

“We anticipate that he will conduct a number of meetings with world leaders, a senior administration official told reporters during a conference call on Monday. 

The list of his meetings on the sidelines of the G-20 summit include, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister Modi of India, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from Turkey, the official said.

This would be the first meeting between Modi and Trump after the recent general elections in India. Trump had called and congratulated Modi over phone on his re-election. 

India raised tariffs on 28 US products

India raised tariffs on as many as 28 products, including almonds and walnuts, on June 16 in response to higher duties imposed by the US on products including steel and aluminum. The Trump administration on June 1 terminated India’s designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key GSP trade programme.

Recently, the US tried to ease India’s concerns over reports that Washington was considering capping H-1B visas to countries that force foreign companies to store data locally.

Trump’s highly anticipated meeting with Xi comes amidst a trade war between the US and China.