New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday night left for the US on a week-long tour. He will reach Houston for the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event and then will address the UNGA on September 27 in New York.

Hours ahead of his departure to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the much-talked-about trip will give him an excellent opportunity to interact with a number of global leaders. Taking to microblogging site Twitter, PM Modi said India will be hosting interactions with leaders of the Pacific Island States, and leaders of the CARICOM group.

“The USA visit will give me an excellent opportunity to interact with various global leaders. India will be hosting interactions with leaders of the Pacific Island States, and leaders of the CARICOM group on the margins of UNGA,” PM Modi said in a series of tweets.

The PM said his upcoming US visit would include various high-level programmes which will strengthen India’s bilateral relationship with the US. “My upcoming USA visit would include various high-level programmes that would further cement India’s ties with USA, important multilateral events and interactions with the Indian community as well as business leaders. Here are the details,” he said.

His first engagement on this trip will be a meeting with CEOs of 16 major energy companies, in Houston, Texas on September 21. “The USA visit begins with a wide range of programmes in Houston. I would be interacting with top energy sector CEOs, various groups of Indians based there and top ranking leaders of USA. The programmes in the energetic city of Houston will surely add greater energy to our ties,” he said.

On September 22, PM Modi will address over 50,000 members of the Indian-American community in an event called ‘Howdy, Modi’ and will share the stage with US President Donald Trump, whose participation in the event was confirmed by the White House on September 16.

“On Sunday, the 22nd at 10:15 AM local time there would be a large community programme in Houston. We are honoured that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump is gracing the programme with his presence. This gathering would be a new milestone in India-USA ties. #HowdyModi,” he said.

On September 27, PM Modi will address the UNGA, for the first time since 2014. “In New York City, a large part of the programmes will be at the @UN. Since its inception, India has been actively participating in various programmes and initiatives of the UN, reflecting our unwavering commitment to multilateralism. My address at the UNGA would be on the 27th,” he said.

He said the key events he will attend at the UN are Climate Action Summit, an event on Universal Health Coverage, and opening plenary of the Bloomberg Global Business Forum. “These forums will give opportunities to showcase India’s efforts to build a peaceful and prosperous world,” he said.