Modi to Address US Indian Diaspora

Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again addressed the nation on various issues via his monthly radio channel "Mann ki Baat" on Sunday.

Mr. Modi arrived in the United States capital on his three-day visit during which he will also interact with members of the Indian diaspora at a relatively low-key community event in a Virginia suburb neighbouring Washington DC. The working dinner that Mr Trump is hosting for Mr Modi is the first of its kind under the present administration. We're really seeking to roll out the red carpet.

Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar flew into Washington ahead of Modi's visit to meet senior officials in the Trump administration and to lay the groundwork for the Modi-Trump meeting, IANS reported. In anticipation of this rare and extraordinary visit, cabinet members are expected to approve the decision to further expand ties between the Israeli and Indian economies.

This is Modi's fifth visit to the USA as Prime Minister.

Following his official engagements, Modi visited a temple and interacted with the Indian community here before embarking for the USA on the second leg of his three-nation tour.

"However, I take satisfaction in the fact that this is the second summit between India and Portugal within a period of six months", he said. "I think it's going to be a very robust discussion", he said at his regular briefing on June 23. This is a feel good meeting between the two leaders to get to know each other and establish the relationship.

"... The President and the Prime Minister will discuss ongoing cooperation, including counterterrorism, defence partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, global cooperation, burden-sharing, trade, law enforcement, and energy".

On whether the contentious H-1B visa issue would come up for discussion during the meeting, a senior administration official said it was unlikely to be raised from the USA side but if raised by the Indian side, the Americans were ready for it.

Netanyahu, while speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, said, "Next week, the Indian prime minister, my friend, Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel, This is a historic visit to Israel".

  • Leroy Wright