Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday left for a seven-day long visit to the United States.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday left for a seven-day long visit to the United States.

PM Modi, who will be in the US from September 21 to 27, has a packed schedule during his weeklong visit.

This is his first US visit after being elected for his second term in May.

PM Modi will meet US President Donald Trump and other world leaders.

Later in the week, he will attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) which includes multi-lateral engagements, interaction with the business community and bilateral meetings.

On the first day, PM Modi will hold a round-table discussion with top bosses of oil companies.

This key meeting comes at a time when the Iran sanctions have deepened the oil crisis globally and India is looking for other options for oil imports.

On September 22, PM Modi will address the Indian Diaspora at the “Howdy, Modi” event at the NRG Stadium in Houston in Texas.

The event has assumed added importance with US President Donald Trump also attending it.

“On Sunday, the 22nd at 10:15 AM local time there would be a large community programme in Houston. We are honoured that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump is gracing the programme with his presence. This gathering would be a new milestone in India-USA ties. #HowdyModi” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.

The event will be followed by a luncheon meeting with elected officials and a community reception at the same venue.

PM Modi will leave for New York the same day.

On September 23, he will attend the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit at the UN building.

This will be followed by a few meetings with world leaders. He will also meet the Director of UNICEF.

On September 24, the PM Modi will meet US President Donald Trump at the UN headquarters, which will be their second meeting in three days.

India will also host an event at the UN to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, to underline the continuing the relevance of Gandhian thoughts and values in today’s world.

Several Heads of State and Government along with UN Secretary General will grace the occasion to pay our collective tribute to Gandhiji and underscore the significance of his message, PM Modi said in his departure statement.

He will also receive the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers Global Goals Award 2019.

On September 25, PM Modi will deliver a keynote address at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum and will then attend a CEOs’ routable and one-on-one meetings.

The Prime Minister is also expected to meet Iran President Hassan Rouhani on September 26

The 74th session of the UNGA has the theme “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion” that the Prime Minister will address on September 27.

According to reports, there are fewer chances that PM Modi will dwell on the Kashmir issue despite Pakistan’s efforts to take it up in the UN again.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will also address the UNGA the same day.

There are many pressing challenges for the international community – a still fragile global economy, turbulence and tension in many parts of the world, growth and spread of terrorism, climate change and the endemic global challenge of poverty, the departure statement reads.

The Prime Minister will leave for New Delhi on September 28.


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