Washington, June 25: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to meet the President of United States Donald Trump, in their maiden bilateral meeting, on June 26, Monday. According to reports, both the leaders will spend around five hours together, discussing new priority areas to improve the cooperation and relations between India and the US. The Indian Prime Minister landed in the US at Joint Base Andrews on June 25. This is his fourth visit to the US in last three years where he was welcomed by Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna, his wife Avina Sarna and Chargé d’Affaires at US Embassy in Delhi MaryKay Loss Carlson. Also Read - Farmers Protest: 11th Round of Talks Between Govt, Farmer Unions Today | LIVE Updates
As per the schedule, PM Modi, during his 2-day visit to the US, touched down at the Joint Base Andrews on June 25. He was welcomed there amidst loud chants of ‘Modi Modi’ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’. He will be staying at the Waldorf Astoria. Located two blocks from the White House and a few blocks from the Capitol Hill, it is the preferred hotel of all Indian Prime Ministers. Also Read - Serum Institute Fire Claims Five Lives, Poonawala Announces Compensation of Rs 25 Lakh | Top Developments
Later in the day, Modi will meet about CEOs of 15-20 global multinational companies including Microsoft, Apple and Google. The CEOs Round Table meet was held at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental and issues ranging from visas, investments and job creation the centre of discussion. The CEOs Round Table is expected to be attended by Apple chief Tim Cook, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Walmart head Doug McMillon, Google head Sundar Pichai and Caterpillar’s Jim Umpleby. Apart from these, the meeting will also see the participation of Mariott International chief Arne Sorenson, Mastercard’s Ajay Banga, Johnson & Johnson’s Alex Gorsky, Carlyle Group’s David Rubenstein and Warburg Pincus’s Charles Kaye. Modi is also expected to meet the Indian American community at a reception.
On June 26, Monday, PM Modi will meet the US President Donald Trump at the White House. Reports suggest that the meeting will take place around 3:30 PM, however, there is no official confirmation on the time. Sources have been quoted as saying that both the leaders will first have one-on-one meet, which is usually intended to help the leaders know each other better, which will be followed by a short photo-op with media.
After the one-on-one meet, a delegation-level talk will be held wherein, both the sides will be represented by top officials. The delegation-level talk will witness discussion on a range of important issues like terrorism, H-1B Visa system, Paris Climate accord and Pakistan. The meeting is expected to see the presence of top leaders of the United States which include 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.
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The day will conclude with the US President Donald Trump hosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a working dinner at the White House a customary White House dinner however, no official confirmation on the same has been made yet. The duo will be joined by their respective teams at the dinner — 12 a side, sources say.
Meanwhile, speaking to the media, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that talks between Modi and Trump on Monday would be “robust”. On the other hand, Indian envoy to the US, Navtej Sarna, termed Modi’s visit a “great opportunity for the two leaders to know each other”. Since Trump’s election last November, the two leaders have spoken three times on phone.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a three-nation tour that began on Saturday. In the first leg of the 4-day tour, PM Modi inked 11 pacts with Portugal on Saturday. He landed in the US on Sunday and will meet the US President on Monday. On June 27, he will end his tour with a visit to Netherlands where he will meet the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and call on King Willem-Alexander and meet Queen Maxima.