Donald Trump, the US president-elect, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be ‘best friends’, according to Shalab Kumar, adviser to Donald Trump and President of the Republican Hindu Coalition.
"They will be best friends â not only the two nations will be best friends, but these two gentlemen will be best friends. Donald Trump knows about Modi through me. He is very keen to learn about Modi, " Shalab Kumar told news agency Reuters.
Shalab Kumar pointed out that Trump has already made it clear that he will be tough as far as cross-border terrorism is concerned.
When asked to comment on Trump's policy on South Asian security in the context of Indo-Pakistan rivalry, Shalab Kumar Said," Trump calls out the camel in the room when nobody else does. He already talks about cross-border terrorism â he is the first president to do so, essentially acknowledging that Pakistan is a perpetrator of terrorism."
"What I expect from him is a full expression of support for the surgical strikes that Modi ordered. The war against radical Islam is going to be properly prosecuted. He is going to find great partnership with India in that," he added.
Shalabh Kumar is known to be Donald Trump's point person for outreach to Indian-American voters.
The Chicago-based Kumar, an Indian origin businessman, emigrated from India in 1969 and founded the Republican Hindu Coalition, a political interest group, last year.