In a first stand alone bilateral visit to the US and his fourth since coming to power— Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake a two-day visit to the US from June 7, the White House and the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Friday.
During the visit, Modi, will address a Joint Meeting of US Congress and hold talks with US President Barack Obama to review the progress made in key areas of defence, security and energy.
Modi, who is leaving for Iran on Sunday, will also pay a two-day visit to Qatar from June 4, the MEA said.
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The White House Press Secretary said in a statement, “President Obama will meet Prime Minister Modi of India at the White House on Tuesday, June 7. The visit will highlight the deepening of the US-India relationship in key areas since the President’s visit to New Delhi in January 2015. The President looks forward to discussing progress made on our climate change and clean energy partnership, security and defense cooperation, and economic growth priorities.”
From India’s perspective, the MEA said, “The main objective of the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister would be to consolidate the progress made in diverse areas such as economy, energy, environment, defence and security and to intensify cooperation for the future.”
Modi has also been invited by the Speaker of the US House of Representative, Paul Ryan, to address a Joint Meeting of the US Congress which he has accepted, the MEA said.