September 23, 2014 1:13:38 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to stay at the US President’s guest house, the 190-year-old Blair House, in Washington, during his upcoming US visit, sources said on Monday.
Located across the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, Blair House has served as the President’s guest house since its purchase by the US government during World War II and under the stewardship of the Department of State, it welcomes visiting heads of states and other top dignitaries. Former PM Manmohan Singh had stayed at the Blair House when US President George W Bush hosted him in 2005.
In New York, Modi will stay at the New York Palace Hotel in Manhattan when he arrives on September 26.
His first public engagement next day would be a visit to Ground Zero, the site of the World Trade Centre which was destroyed in the terror attacks by al-Qaeda in 2001, followed by a visit to the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
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Modi will then proceed to the United Nations to deliver the speech at the General Assembly, scheduled in the first half of the day. He will then have a series of bilateral meetings, including one with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina. In the evening, Modi is scheduled to visit the Central Park where he will attend the Global Citizen festival.
According to sources, the Prime Minister will be meeting Jewish groups on September 28, the day on which he will address thousands of Indian-Americans at the famous Madison Square Garden.
US President Barack Obama will host a dinner for Modi on his arrival in Washington on September 29. The dinner will set the stage for the summit meeting on September 30.
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