PM Narendra Modi to meet US President Donald Trump today at White House dinner

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked US President Donald Trump for "warm welcome" accorded to him. PM Modi, who will meet the US President on Monday, will be the first world leader to dine with Trump at the White House.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2017 11:45:53 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed by US Ambassador to India, Mary Loss Carlson at the Joint Base Andrews on Sunday. (Source: MEA/Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived in Washington DC, as part of his three-nations tour, after a brief visit to Portugal. The prime minister’s Air India One landed at the Joint Base Andrews late in the evening as members of the Indian diaspora gathered outside the military facility to welcome Modi.  People were heard chanting “Modi-Modi” and “Bharat Mata ki Jai” before his arrival at the airport. PM Modi was received by US Ambassador to India, MaryKay Loss Carlson and Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna.

Soon after checking into the 200-year-old Willard Hotel, located less than 500 m away from the White House, PM Modi thanked President Trump for the “warm welcome”. “Thank you @POTUS for the warm personal welcome. Greatly look forward to my meeting and discussions with you @realDonaldTrump,” Modi tweeted.

During his visit, PM Modi is scheduled to meet Trump at the White House on Monday afternoon. Trump, in a tweet on Saturday, described PM Modi as a “true friend” and said the two nations will discuss “important strategic issues”. “Look forward to welcoming India’s PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!” Trump wrote in the tweet.

President Trump will be hosting PM Modi for a “working dinner”,  the first for a foreign leader in his five-month term. Trump has earlier hosted dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago golf estate in Florida. During his visit, PM Modi will stay at the 200-year-old Willard Hotel, located less than 500 m away from the White House.

Several key areas of bilateral ties including counter-terrorism, defence and energy are expected to be discussed at the meeting. PM Modi is likely to bring up the issue of climate change with Trump. On the contentious H1-B visa policy, US officials said that they will respond if the issue crops up. During his visit, PM Modi will also interact with Indians living in the country.

On Saturday, PM Modi visited Portugal where he met with his Portugal counterpart Antonio Costa to discuss bilateral ties. The two leaders signed new agreements in taxation, science, youth affairs and sport. After the visit, PM Modi took to Twitter to express his gratitude to Portugal PM. “New agreements in taxation, science, youth affairs and sports outline the expanding scope of our partnership,” PM Modi said. Thanking Portugal PM Costa, PM Modi further added that the visit will help in improving cooperation between the two countries. “Thank you Portugal. During this short visit, a strong foundation was laid to improve cooperation between India and Portugal,” he said on Twitter.

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