Modi leaves on three-nation visit, to meet Trump

Referring to his visit to Portugal, Modi said he was looking forward to his meeting with Prime Minister Antonio Costa and there was significant potential for deepening bilateral trade and investment ties.

"In India, Trump has a natural partner, and in Modi, he has a leader he can truly work with", Asia Society Policy Institute Assistant Director Anubhav Gupta said on the eve of PM Modi's visit to the USA for his first bilateral meeting with Mr Trump.

Cast as a meeting where the two business-minded leaders get to know each other personally beyond the three telephone conversations they have had, the bilateral engagements will involve one-on-one talks on Monday, followed by a delegation-level meeting, and possibly a dinner later in the day that isn't set in stone or on paper - a far cry from the elaborate choreography of such events in previous White House dispensations, where even menus, not to speak of agenda for talks, were decided weeks in advance.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay had said Modi's visit to the U.S. has "its own significance because it will be the first visit of the Prime Minister to engage with the new leader, with the new President (Donald Trump) after the elections last year" in the United States.

"I think that the USA really appreciates India, and I think that President Trump realises that India has been a force for good in the world and that it's a relationship that's important".

The senior administration official made the remarks while responding to questions on whether the US-India relationship has drifted under the new government, in part, because of President Trump and the administration's support to China.

Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump and Prime Minister Modi would have a very robust discussion when they meet at the White House.

Apart from official meetings with Trump and his cabinet colleagues, Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs.

The two agreed that the two countries have a deep and growing strategic partnership and hope to work more closely on regional and global issues.

Like in the past, he will also be interacting with the Indian diaspora.

The executive order also called upon the Departments of Labour, Justice, Homeland Security, and the state to take action against fraud and abuse of the US' visa programmes.

Ahead of his visit, Modi yesterday said he looked forward to the opportunity of having an in-depth exchange of views.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders since Trump became US President earlier this year.

"I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations".

  • Zachary Reyes