Looking forward to welcome "true friend" Modi

Modi is the first Indian prime minister in Portugal for a bilateral visit and his one-day visit to the country will further strengthen relations between India and Portugal.

Watch PM Modi's arrival in Washington.

"India will seek to convey that projects under "Make in India" will not automatically result in job losses in the U.S.", said Sanjay Pulipaka, a fellow at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, a New Delhi-based think tank.

That official said much of the focus of the bilateral meetings would be on counterterrorism and security, noting that the administration hopes to elevate India as "a major defence partner on par with our closest allies and partners".

"Indians have carried their cultural heritage with them and have always been proud of them", Modi said addressing the diaspora Indians in Lisbon. During his visit, which will be the first after Donald Trump's take over, PM Modi is expected to have a detailed conversation on India's key concerns which include the United States government's decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord and reviewing the H1B visa program, under which thousands of skilled Indian workers go to the US.

Observing that this defence trade has supported thousands of American jobs, the official said since 2008, India has signed over United States dollars 15 billion in defence contracts with the US.

Modi arrived in the American capital early today after a day-long working visit to Portugal, the first ever bilateral visit by an Indian PM to the European nation.

Ahead of Modi reaching Washington D.C. for a state visit, the President tweeted, "Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday".

The navies of India, US and Japan also participate in the Malabar exercise. "Therefore it becomes important for the Indian leadership to build good rapport with president Trump and his team".

Trump wrongly asserted that India made its participation in the agreement contingent on "billions and billions and billions" of foreign aid.

On the economy, India and USA bilateral trade has almost doubled in the past decade, to US$115 billion, but the trade deficit of US$30 billion remains a matter of concern. We do talk to all countries, our friends and partners on how to counter cross-border terrorism and worldwide terrorism.

Trump has also ordered a review of the highly skilled H-1B worker visa program, a key priority of for the Indian IT industry, with its tech workers getting an estimated 70 per cent of those coveted visas in 2015, according to a 2016 report by the Department of Homeland Security.

However, in a weird twist of event, the Indian prime minister "refused" to alight his vehicle for a prolonged duration until two cameramen, understandably travelling with him, had arrived and taken their positions.

It not only provides an opportunity to connect with other members of the ecosystem but also gives access to important resources such as its learning and development programme, information about relevant government schemes, a forum to brainstorm and discuss, news and blogs among others, it said. "He's not new to India".

  • Arturo Norris