Donald Trump hints at key announcement at 'Howdy Modi' rally


Trump said, "I have a very good relationship with Prime Minister Modi".

Tulsi Gabbard, the first Indian-origin woman candidate for U.S. presidential elections, has extended a warm welcome to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to USA while also apologised for not being able to join the "Howdy Modi" event scheduled to be held in Houston on September 22.Gabbard, a member of the Democratic Party of the United States clarified that she won't be able to present at the event due to prior commitments related to her scheduled presidential campaigns.

While Trump did not hint at what the announcement could be and was tentative about it, India and the United States are reported to be racing towards a trade deal.

The Prime Minister will address the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in NY on September 27.

After addressing Indian-Americans at the "Howdy Modi!" event, Trump will travel to OH and then is expected to fly to NY to attend the annual UN General Assembly session. Reacting to India's move on Kashmir, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian High Commissioner.

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Pakistan's decision comes amid heightened tensions between the two countries over the abrogation of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Without mentioning Kashmir, Trump said a "lot of progress has been made in reducing tension" between India and Pakistan.

The sources had told DawnNewsTV that Modi's flight would pass over Pakistani airspace on September 20 on his way to the U.S. where he will attend the United Nations General Assembly and address a gathering of Indian-Americans in Houston. President Trump, a Republican, has already announced his candidature. At the United Nations, the PM is expected to highlight "a still-fragile global economy, turbulence and tension in many parts of the world, growth and spread of terrorism, climate change and the endemic global challenge of poverty".

India's Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla has called Trump's participation in the "Howdy, Modi!" event "historic" and "unprecedented". "We can discuss and resolve these issues bilaterally", Modi said.

However, in August, PM Modi had used the Pakistani airspace to travel to France for a bilateral meet in August, the first after the Balakot airstrikes carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF).