US President Donald Trump’s upcoming maiden visit to India is expected to boost ties between the two countries with several senior Members of the President’s Cabinet accompanying him as part of the delegation. President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be leading the high-level 12-member delegation to Ahmedabad, Agra and New Delhi beginning Monday. The delegation includes Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and National Security Advisor Robert O’ Brien. The US President’s daughter Ivanka Trump who serves as Assistant to the President and son-in-law Jared Kushner who is Senior Advisor to the President will also be visiting India.
Senior advisors to the US President Stephen Miller, Dan Scavino, Chief of Staff to the First Lady Lindsay Reynolds, Assistant to the President and Special Representative for International Telecommunication Policy and Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff Robert Blair, and White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham are the other members of the delegation. US Ambassador to India Ken Juster will be travelling with the visiting delegation. Participants in additional bilateral meetings include Chief Executive Officer of US International Development Finance Corporation Adam Boehler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai, Deputy Assistant to the President for South and Central Asian Affairs Lisa Curtis, Special Assistant to President and Senior Director for Counterterrorism Kash Patel and Director for India, National Security Council, Mike Passey. All issues like defense and security, trade and investment, counter-terrorism, energy security, and people to people exchanges will come up for discussions during the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Trump. Around five agreements in different areas are expected to be inked following the talks. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi.