Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening reached Washington DC on the invitation of the US President Joe Biden. This is PM Modi’s first high-level US visit since the outbreak of coronavirus in January 2020 after Biden took over as the US President in January this year. PM Modi’s last visit to US was during Howdy Modi event.
The Prime Minister was received by senior officials of Biden administration including including T H Brian McKeon, US Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources at Joint Base Andrews.
He was welcomed by India’s envoy to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu, along with the Defence attache including Brigadier Anoop Singhal, Air Commodore Anjan Bhadra and naval attache Commodore Nirbhaya Bapna.
He was also welcomed by the Indian diaspora in Washington DC. However, PM Modi in a tweet thanked Indian community for his warm welcome.
He tweeted: Grateful to the Indian community in Washington DC for the warm welcome. Our diaspora is our strength. It is commendable how the Indian diaspora has distinguished itself across the world.
Joe Biden will host PM Modi at the White House today.
On his a three-day visit to US, PM Modi is scheduled to meet President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga. The Prime Minister will also attend the Quad summit and address the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He is also scheduled to interact with leading CEOs to highlight economic opportunities in India.
PM Modi, before leaving for the US, called his visit an occasion to strengthen strategic partnership with the US and consolidate ties with Japan and Australia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also meet the head of armed drone manufacturer General Atomics in Washington on September 23. This comes against the backdrop of acquiring 30 Predator drones from the US.
In other India news, a woman in Delhi was denied entry to Aquila restaurant as she was wearing a saree. The video of the same is doing rounds on the internet and has caused outrage on Twitter.