I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi. But India, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn, tweeted Donald Trump.
New Delhi: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday left the White House to attend the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan over the weekend to hold discussions on a host of bilateral and global issues with leaders of top 20 economies of the world.
A White House official said the president would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit.
Addressing PM Modi, Trump tweeted terming India rising the tariffs as unacceptable.
"I look forward to speaking with Prime Minister Modi about the fact that India, for years having put very high Tariffs against the United States, just recently increased the Tariffs even further. This is unacceptable and the Tariffs must be withdrawn," tweeted Trump.
The US president is also set to meet his Chinese and Russian counterparts Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.
This would be his first meeting with Modi after his recent electoral victory. It comes in the immediate aftermath of the India visit of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, during which he met PM Modi, external affairs minister S Jaishankar and national security advisor Ajit Doval.
The Trump-Modi meeting assumes significance in the wake of the strain that has popped up in the bilateral relationship on a host of trade and economic issues.
In his brief interaction with the media on the South Lawns of the White House, Trump did not mention India.
"I'm meeting with (leaders of) many countries. We're meeting with many countries. We have many things. We've been ripped off by everybody over the years. They're not ripping us off anymore. A big difference right now," he said.
"We're meeting with China, just so you know, China has been paying us billions and billions of dollars. Until I got here, they never paid this country 10 cents. So, we'll see what happens with China, with Russia, with Japan, with many countries," Trump said.
Earlier during an interview with Fox news, Trump emphasized on bilateral trade agreements with other countries.
Last Updated 12:04 PM IST