Trump to join Modi in Houston to address 50,000 Indian-Americans

U.S President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Houston's mega 'Howdy, Modi!' event on September 22, the White House said on Sunday.

Reflecting on the new bonhomie in the India-U.S ties under the Trump administration, this is for the first time in recent history that the leaders of the two largest democracies would be addressing a joint rally anywhere in the world.

More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the U.S have registered for the September 22 mega "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event to be held at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Houston.

"Howdy", short for 'How do you do?', is a friendly greeting commonly used in southwestern United States.

In a statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said, "It (Modi-Trump joint rally) will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship."

This would also be the first time that an American president would be addressing thousands of Indian-Americans at one place in the U.S.

Indian ambassador to the U.S, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, called Trump's participation in the "Howdy, Modi!" event "historic" and "unprecedented".