The U.S. and India are likely to keep expectations low while scoring easy wins during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week, analysts said Monday ahead of the Indian leader's visit to Washington.
"The Indians especially would want this to be more of a handshake meeting, and would like (to) deliberately lower expectations of what might come out of this meeting," Bharath Gopalaswamy, director of the South Asian Centre at Atlantic Council, told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Monday.
That's why India has not jostled to be the first and was making sure it will not be the last of world leaders to meet Trump, he added. The U.S. leader has met the leaders of Japan, the U.K. and Vietnam since taking office in January.
"Lowering expectations is also a way to ensure the engagement is successful," he added.
Dhruva Jaishankar, a fellow of foreign policy at Brookings India, told CNBC's "Street Signs" on Monday that defense issues would likely be on the agenda.
The U.S. is expected to authorize India's purchase of a naval variant of the Predator drone, Reuters reported last week, citing two sources familiar with the situation. An agreement on the purchase of 22 unarmed drones would be worth more than $2 billion.
"Deals like that is an easy way for both leaders to show wins. Both want to promote their defense industries and that's a way they can do it together," Jaishankar said. "The two governments have a lot more say in the defense sector, they are sole buyers in many ways. It's much easier to have quick wins than some of the more complex deals."