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India readies to fete Trump but big trade deal not on the table

Multibillion dollar arms pact expected to sweeten president's Feb 24-25 visit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, attends the September 2019 "Howdy Modi" event with U.S. President Donald Trump in the American state of Texas.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Against a backdrop of strained economic ties, U.S. President Donald Trump is set to visit India next week to try to resolve differences over a slew of trade issues and perhaps land some big defense deals.

A comprehensive trade deal with India, however, is not in the cards during the Feb. 24-25 visit.

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