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PM Modi could discuss H-1B visa issue with US President Trump: Trade official

The leaders of the world’s two largest democracies will be meeting for the first time next week.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2017 16:35 IST
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US President Donald Trump invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington when the PM called to congratulate Trump on his presidential inauguration.(Agencies File Photo)

India could take up the issue of visas for skilled workers when Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets US President Donald Trump next week, top trade ministry official said on Tuesday.

“H-1B visa issue will be one of the issues on the table during PM’s visit,” trade secretary Rita Teaotia said, referring to Trump’s order for a review of high-skilled visa programme that affects India’s $150-billion information technology sector.

Modi is due to meet Trump in Washington on June 26, a meeting that is expected to lay the ground for a further expansion in ties, allaying some of the anxiety that had crept in about a drift in relations.

The Prime Minister was invited to Washington when he rang Trump in January to congratulate the new president on his inauguration.

“The president and the prime minister have had a number of positive phone conversations, and expect to further that discussion ... whether it’s economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism, expanding our cooperation as major defence partners,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said.

First Published: Jun 20, 2017 16:25 IST