PM Modi to visit US on June 25, hold talks with Donald Trump

This will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first visit to the US after Donald Trump became president earlier this year. Contentious issues such as the Climate Change Agreement and H1-B visa are likely to figure in the talks between the two leaders.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 12, 2017 7:47 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive in Washington DC on June 25 and hold talks with President Donald Trump, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Monday. This will be his first visit to the US after  Trump became president earlier this year. Contentious issues such as the Paris Climate Change Agreement and H1-B visa are likely to figure in the talks between the two leaders.

Announcing the visit from June 25, the external affairs ministry today said the Modi-Trump discussions will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement. This will be the first meeting between the two leaders, the ministry added. “Prime Minister will hold official talks with PresidentTrump on June 26. Their discussions will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest and consolidation of multi-dimensional strategic partnership between India and the US,” the ministry said.

Trump recently pulled US out of the Paris accord, accusing India of receiving “billions of dollars” in exchange for signing it. India hit back saying there was no truth in Trump’s claims.  “First of all, there is absolutely no reality. India signed the Paris agreement not because of pressure from any country nor greed. We signed the agreement because of our commitment to protecting the environment,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said at a press conference.

Trump’s “America first” policy has also put a considerable strain on Indian tech companies’ earnings. The Trump administration is also looking to put a cap on the H1-B work visa, there by putting thousands of Indian engineers at risk of losing their jobs.

Back in March, US president Donald Trump said he was looking forward to host the prime minister.  The White House, in a statement, said that Trump called PM Modi to congratulate him on the BJP’s success in the state assembly elections.

“President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to congratulate him on the outcome of India’s recent state-level elections. President Trump expressed support for the Prime Minister’s economic reform agenda and emphasized his great respect for the people of India. President Trump also said he looks forward to hosting Prime Minister Modi in Washington later this year,” the White House readout said.

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  1. M
    mat malladi
    Jun 13, 2017 at 7:16 am
    Mr.Modi Trump is an unstable neanderthal- watch out
    1. S
      Jun 13, 2017 at 3:56 am
      I think it would really be unwarranted and foo_lish of the foreign policy pu_ndits to advise PM Modi to discuss H1B visas any more than a single passing comment - that too in positive light. Do not even express concerns. If US administration wants to encourage public and private businesses to use domestic talent pool, it is their right to do so - and funeral too, because it is a fact that the H1B pool does move the IT industry here in the US. Complaining for potential loss of H1B at the highest level of the PM, makes it appear that India is trying to exploit the US foreign worker program. USA will, regardless of any lobbying, excercise its prerogative anyways.
      1. s
        silicon. Alley.Nerd
        Jun 13, 2017 at 3:33 am
        Yet another reason for Brahmin American Foundation for the recognition that Shri Modi has got.
        1. B
          Jun 12, 2017 at 11:51 pm
          Modi chale Amrika Trump ko khari khari sunane. Bharat ki takat ka loha manwane. Amrika mein rah rahe sabhi Bhartiyon ko Modi ji ka bhavya swagat karna chahiye. iske liye sabhi Bhartiyon ko turant advisory jari ki jani chahiye. Trump ko bhi Modi ji ki lokpriyta ka andaja hona chahiye. Modi Modi ke naron se sampoorn vatavaran Modimai ho jana chahiye.
          1. V
            Jun 12, 2017 at 9:39 pm
            When did PM return to homeland?
            1. M
              Jun 13, 2017 at 3:31 am
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