Modi, Obama To Meet In Laos Today


Vientiane: For the eighth time in two years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Barack Obama today for bilateral talks at the ASEAN (Association of South Eastern Nations) summit in Laos.

Modi had a brief chat with Obama on Sunday at the G20 summit in China, where the American leader had praised the PM’s achievement in clearing the landmark Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

The meeting with Obama is scheduled later in the day, when they are also expected to speak to reporters before their talks. The India-Asean Summit on Thursday will be attended by leaders of 10 southeast Asian nations – Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand.

This would be the eighth meeting between Modi and Obama in two years. They met for the first time at the White House in September 2014 when Modi travelled to Washington DC at the invitation of Obama.

Prime Minister Modi exchanged views with Obama on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Chinas Hangzhou on Sunday, with the US president praising the “bold policy” move on GST reform in a “difficult” global economic scenario.

Obama is scheduled to address a news conference in Laos immediately after his meeting with Modi. Modi also met South Korean President Park Geun-hye, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who is the State Counsellor and Foreign Minister of Myanmar today.