The first of its kind under Trump’s administration
Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will arrive in Washington, USA tonight on a three-day visit in which he will be meeting the US President Donald Trump at the White House. The White House will be rolling out a red-carpet welcome and a working dinner will be hosted on Monday for PM Modi.
“The White House is very interested in making this a special visit. We were 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 any foreign dignitary at the White House under this administration. So, we think that’s very significant,” a senior administration official told PTI at the White House.
The two leaders will be spending many hours together starting from Monday afternoon. They have several plans lined up like one-on-one meeting, bilateral meeting, delegation level, a reception and a working dinner at the end.
This US-Modi Trip, the official said that it will be a good opportunity for the two countries to improve and strengthen their relationship. It will be a new step in the US-India strategic partnership in promoting stability and security globally. The officials said that the Trump administration believes that a strong India is good for the US.
The senior White House official said, “Now, of course, we have seen rapid growth in the defence and security partnership over the past few years, and president Trump very much wants to build on that momentum. And last year designation of India as a major defence partner was extremely important, and I think will see a concrete expression of this important designation during the visit.”
Counter-terrorism would be another major area of discussion. Both the countries are committed to combating all forms of terrorism and strengthening their cooperation in areas like Cyber terrorism, Cyber hacking, Information sharing etc.
What comes ahead of us is still not predictable, but both the administrations are showing good signs of extended partnership and bilateral ties.
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