Mr Spicer said the two leaders were expected to set forth a "common vision" on expanding the US-India partnership. He cited fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region as shared priorities.
"President Trump and Prime Minister Modi will look to outline a common vision for the United States-India partnership that is worthy of their 1.6 billion citizens," Mr Spicer said.
Mr Trump invited PM Modi to Washington after the latter rang him in January to congratulate the new president on his inauguration.
"The president and the prime minister have had a number of positive phone conversations, and expect to further that discussion ... whether it's economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism, expanding our cooperation as major defence partners," Mr Spicer said in response to a question.
The bilateral talks appear to be no bed of roses as they come amidst thorny issues like US' plans to reduce the number of H-1B visa slots that are mainly used by Indian IT workers, and its withdrawal from the historic climate accord.
The White House said that the US-India trade has grown six-fold since 2000, from 19 billion dollars to 115 billion dollars in 2016, despite the recent hiccups over the H-1B visa issue.
"US energy and technologies, including natural gas, are helping to build Prime Minister Modi's vision for a new India and creating thousands of US jobs in the process," Mr Spicer said.
In his announcement of the decision for which he received a global condemnation, Mr Trump had blamed India and China for the US withdrawal.
"India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions of dollars from developed countries," he had said.
Strongly rejecting Mr Trump's contention, India said it signed the Paris deal not under duress or for lure of money but due to its commitment to protect the environment.
During his visit to France this month, PM Modi even said that India would "go above and beyond" the Paris deal to protect climate for the future generations.
Apart from ways to enhance trade and business cooperation, PM Modi and Mr Trump are expected to discuss defence ties.
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