New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump will spend nearly five hours in their maiden bilateral meeting on June 26, which aimed at establishing new priority areas in the Indo-US cooperation. At around 3:30 PM on Monday, the two leaders will first have one-on-one talks, followed by short photo-op with media. If reports are to be believed, the one-on-one between the two leaders, which is intended to allow them to get to know each other can go on longer than scheduled one hour. Also Read - 4-Day Tika Utsav Begins Today, Special Drive to Vaccinate Maximum Eligible People | All You Need to Know
A delegation-level talk is also planned during which the two sides represented by top officials will raise important issues which include terrorism, H-1B Visa system. According to the reports, during the meetings, the American side would be represented by top leaders including the Vice President Mike Pence, the National Security Advisor, Lt. Gen. H R McMaster, and the Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and the Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Also Read - CISF Issues Clarification Over Cooch Behar Firing, Says Mob of 150 Attacked Troops, Action In Self Defence
The day will conclude with a White House dinner. US President Donald Trump would host him for a working dinner at the White House, the first of its kind under this administration. Also Read - 'Glad They Are Taking My Clubhouse Chat Seriously', Prashant Kishor Reacts to Audio Clip Released by BJP
Talking to reporters, a senior administration official at the White House on the eve of Modi’s arrival said, “The White House is very interested in making this a special visit. We’re really seeking to roll out the red carpet. In fact, the two (leaders) will have dinner, a working dinner at the White House. This will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration. So, we think that’s very significant.”
On Friday, PM Modi had said that the aim of his upcoming visit to the US was building of a “forward-looking vision” for the bilateral partnership and further consolidate the robust and wide- ranging ties. “My USA visit is aimed at deepening ties between our nations. Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world,” he tweeted. In a statement posted on the Facebook, Modi said his two-day visit to Washington from June 25 was at the invitation of Trump.
“President Trump and I have spoken on telephone prior to this. Our conversations have touched upon our common intent to take forward our productive all round engagement for the mutual benefit of our people,” he said. “I look forward to this opportunity to have an in-depth exchange of views on further consolidating the robust and wide ranging partnership between India and the United States,” the prime minister had said.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Portugal, the first-leg of his three-nation tour after which he shall visit USA and Netherlands.
(With inputs from Agencies)