PM Narendra Modi arrives in Washington

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in US capital Washington this morning on the second leg of his three nation tour. Indian Ambassador to US Navtej Sarna and Charge de Affairs of US Embassy Marykay Loss Carlson received Mr Modi at the Andrew’s Air Force Base. Large number of NRIs present outside the base greeted Mr Modi upon his arrival.

In the US, Mr Modi will attend a community reception today and hold talks with President Donald Trump tomorrow. Ahead of his US visit, Mr Modi said he is looking forward to the opportunity of having an in-depth exchange of views. In a tweet, Prime Minister said his US visit is aimed at deepening ties between the two countries which will benefit the two nations and the world. Apart from official meetings with Mr Trump and his cabinet colleagues, Mr Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs.

Calling Mr Modi a true friend, President Trump said he looks forward to welcome Prime Minister Modi and discuss important strategic issues.

The two leaders will hold talks tomorrow in the White House. They will spend several hours together in various settings including one-on-one and delegation level meetings, a reception and a working dinner. The working dinner that Mr Trump is hosting for Mr Modi is the first of its kind under the present administration.

A senior US official said this will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration.

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