Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking to build close ties with
Washington, had previously invited Trump to attend India's annual Republic Day
parade later this month, but the US officials said it would clash with the
president's State of the Union address.
"There has been an open invitation
for him to visit, both sides are working out the dates," one of the
Another source said Trump could come in
the second half of February and that he may visit a second city besides the
national capital Delhi.
The Indian foreign ministry did not have
an immediate comment on the proposed visit.
India and the United States have built
close political and security ties, but in recent years trade frictions have
come to the fore. Trump has frequently named India as one of the countries with
the highest tariffs in the world and withdrawn a key trade concession for that
The two sides have been trying to work
out a new and limited trade pact on lowering tariffs, but these negotiations
have run into problems over broader issues of data privacy and controls over