Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the US on the invitation of President Barack Obama next week.
This will be PM Modi’s fourth visit to the US and seventh meeting with Obama.
The meeting is being seen as a celebration of the India-US relationship that has undergone a transformation since 2000 under three presidents.
Although the trip won’t feature a luxurious state dinner at the White House, an important dimension of Modi’s visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama will be his address to a joint meeting of the US Congress on June 8.
With this, Modi will become the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address the US Congress starting with Rajiv Gandhi.
The visit will also feature a lunch hosted by the Republican Speaker Paul Ryan and a reception by the Republican chairs and top Democrats on the House and Senate Foreign Relations panels.
“Many people have articulated that the invitation and the visit are really a part of consolidating and celebrating the India-US relationship,” said Arun Singh, Indian ambassador to the US.
The visit will consolidate “what has been achieved so far and seeing what more can be done as we move into the next year when there will be transition of the administration in the US and also elections to the US Congress”.
Celebrating a lot of progress made in the two Obama terms, the visit will in a sense launch into the next administration, he said. “That has been the thrust and effort related to this visit.”
Modi who lands in Washington on June 6 after a visit to Switzerland, will meet Obama on June 7 to review the progress made in key areas of defence, security and energy over a working lunch at the White House.
He will also have an interaction with top corporate leaders and address the annual meeting of the US India Business Council (USIBC) comprised of over 300 top American and Indian companies seeking stronger trade and commercial ties with India.
The two leaders are also expected to discusss India’s candidacy in the Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG).
With agency inputs.