Frequent visits at the highest level have brought about a close bond between the two countries, Karunanayake told Modi during a meeting on an official visit to New Delhi from 6-7 June 2017.
The meeting is going to be the first top-level engagement between India and the USA after the new administration took over in Washington.
"Big, big fan." Trump and Modi have briefly spoken to each other after his presidential inauguration ceremony.
"Their discussions will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest and consolidation of the multi-dimensional strategic partnership", said Gopal Baglay, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs.
"[President Trump] looks forward to discussing the ways to strengthen our ties between USA and India and advancing our common priorities, fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region", he said. Gone is the overarching American desire to strive for a global compact on major issues facing the world such as climate change, nuclear proliferation, and trade - all premised quietly and in an understated manner on U.S. primacy; in its place, visiting leaders are faced with loud and demonstrative assertion of America First with a laundry list of grievances and quibbles.
Apart from ways to enhance trade and business cooperation, Modi and Trump are expected to discuss defence ties.
"India probably has the highest number of Trump-branded real estate projects outside of North America", said a spokesperson for Tribeca, a Mumbai-based developer that acts as Trump's partner in India.
Trump's statement was swiftly rebuked by Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj: "India didn't sign the Paris climate deal under pressure or greed for money". #President Trump called India "a true friend and partner in addressing challenges around the world".
The job creation comment also skirts the issues of Trump's plans to curb outsourcing and to cut back on visas for professionals that New Delhi fears will turn off the spigot for Indian technical talent and businesses heading to the US.
Major US firms such as Walmart and Apple have grown frustrated by regulations and tariffs imposed by Indian authorities as they seek to crack what is a potentially massive market.