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Today, Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Washington D.C. for a three-day bilateral visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama. Modi arrived at the Joint Base Andrews from Switzerland where he secured the European nation's support for India's NSG membership ahead of a key meeting of the 48-nation bloc.
Since 2014, there have been six meetings and countless phone calls between Obama and Modi, and this visit "reflects the significance that the two leaders place on the natural alliance between the two largest democratic countries of the world", a senior US official had said ahead of the meeting.
During his visit, he will hold talks with President Barack Obama to review bilateral ties and address a joint session of the US Congress. He will be the fifth Indian Prime Minister to do so. The session will be presided over by Speaker Paul Ryan.
This is Prime Minister Modi's fourth visit to the US.
"In my meeting with the President on June 7, we will seek to build upon the progress achieved in providing new vigour and momentum to our strategic partnership in diverse areas," Modi had said before departing for his five-nation tour to Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico.
Modi began his US visit by paying tributes at the Arlington National Cemetery. He laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial, in which we lost an Indian origin astronaut, Kalpana Chawla. Astronaut Sunita Williams and family members of late Indian Astronaut Kalpana Chawla were also present at the occasion.
Later, he attended a ceremony for Repatriation of Cultural Property. Modi will be meeting heads of a number of American think tanks as well.
He will also address the 40th AGM of the USIBC (US India Business Council) and meet US business leaders.
"India and USA are natural partners, two vibrant democracies that celebrate their diversity and pluralism. Strong India-USA ties benefit not only our two nations but also the entire world," Modi had said.
From the US, Modi will visit Mexico before heading back to India.
The highlights of Modi’s previous three visits to US are as follows:
September 2014 – 4 day visit
Day 1: September 27, 2014:
- Met Sikh delegation from US and Canada
- Met former New York Mayor, Mike Bloomberg
- Addressed the United Nations General Assembly
- Met distinguished Indian Americans
Day 2 : September 28, 2014:
- Met the Governor of South Carolina in New York
- Addressed the Indian Community at Madison Square Garden, New York
Day 3: September 29, 2014:
- Met top American CEOs of Boeing, IBM, Goldman Sachs, General Electric among others.
- Met US President Barack Obama and announced the strategic partnership over a dinner meeting, with the slogan,
Forward together we go - chalein saath saath
Day 4: September 30, 2014:
- Addressed the US-Indian Business Council
- Met US Vice President and US Secretary of State
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September 2015 – 4 day visit
Day 1: September 24, 2015:
- Roundtable meeting with Financial Sector CEOs including the top officials of JP Morgan, BlackStone, Warburg Pincus and Tiger Global.
- Roundtable meeting on media, technology and communications – growth story for India
Day 2: September 25, 2015:
- Addressed UN Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, held bilateral meetings in New York City
Day 3: September 26, 2015
- Attended the G4 Summit at New York
- Hosted and addressed Digital India Dinner which included Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella and John Chambers.
- Took a tour of Tesla Motors HQ.
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Day 4: September 27, 2015
- Townhall Q&A with Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook HQ
- Visited Google (Alphabet) Campus
- Attended a startup event
- Roundtable on renewable energy
- Addressed the Indian diaspora at SAP Centre
- Met President of United States, President of France, and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
- Addresses the summit on Peace Operations
March-April 2016 – 2 days
- Met scientists from Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)
- Attended Nuclear Security Summit in Washington
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