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Narendra Modi phone call with Donald Trump

Modi tweeted that they had a good discussion and agreed to deploy the full strength of India-US partnership to fight Covid-19

  • Published 5.04.20, 3:27 AM
  • Updated 5.04.20, 3:27 AM
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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 'Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures' event at NRG Stadium in Houston (File picture)

Amid criticism in both countries for their delayed response to Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump on Saturday decided to “deploy the full strength” of the bilateral partnership to fight the pandemic.

Modi announced this in a tweet after a telephone call with Trump: “Had an extensive conversation with President @realDonaldTrump. We had a good discussion, and agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight Covid-19.”

This is the first time the two have spoken since Trump’s India visit in February-end, by which time coronavirus had been declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the World Health Organisation.

Yet, the two did not practise physical distancing, hugging and shaking hands multiple times. A public rally attended by a lakh-plus gathering was held for Trump in Ahmedabad.