PM Modi embarks on a momentous US visit

PM Modi embarks on a momentous US visit

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New Delhi, Sep 20 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for the United States on Friday night on a week long visit.

He will be in the United States until September 27 when he will address the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA). Prime Minister is set to have a bilateral meeting with President Donald Trump on September 24 in New York.

On his first day in Houston on Saturday, he will have a Round Table Meeting with top representatives and CEOs from companies from the oil and energy sector.

According to sources, there will be a photo opportunity with Persons of Indian Origin and a brief interaction with the Non Resident Indians (NRIs). He will address a mega rally 'Howdy Modi' on Sunday at Houston. The mega event is likely to be addressed by President Trump as well.

"It is a matter of great honour for the Indian diaspora and pleasure for me that President of the United States Donald Trump will grace the occasion with his presence and join me in addressing the community. This would be a maiden appearance of US President in an Indian community event with me, and marks a new milestone in our outreach to them," Prime Minister said.

Before embarking on a momentous journey, in a statement here, the Prime Minister said that America is "an enabler for India in economic growth and national security". He also said the much talked about Houston rally which will be also attended by President Donald Trump, will mark a 'new milestone' in Indo-US relations.

"We are honoured that US President Donald Trump is gracing the programme with his presence. This gathering would be a new milestone in India-US ties," the Prime Minister tweeted.

In another Tweet Modi said: “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.”

This is the first visit by Mr Modi to the United States after returning to power in this year's fiercely contested general elections. It is also obviously the first US visit since his government has abrogated the Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the erstwhile militancy-hit and development starved state.(UNI)