PM Modi Arrives At White House


Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived at the White House for his seventh meeting with President Barack Obama since he took office in 2014.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet for one hour and 40 minutes, after which they will address a press conference and issue a joint statement.

A working lunch at the White House will follow, attended from the Indian side only by PM Modi, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

Today’s meeting will focus on climate change, security and counter-terrorism and diplomatic cooperation, the US State department has said.

As he meets President Obama, PM Modi registered a big win with members of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), a key anti-proliferation grouping, agreeing to India, diplomats said.

Admission to the MTCR will open the way for India to buy high-end missile technology, also making more realistic its aspiration to buy state-of-the-art surveillance drones such as the US Predator.

PM Modi has also been lobbying successfully with countries like Switzerland to gain support for its bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers group, a club of 48 countries that trade nuclear technology.

The US has backed India’s membership of the NSG, which will strengthen India’s geopolitical clout and help it capitalise on nuclear trade and technology transfer opportunities.

Tomorrow PM Modi will address the US Congress, seen as a rare honour. He will also attend a reception hosted by the Indian community before he heads to Mexico on the last leg of five-nation tour.

After his meetings at the White House today, PM Modi will meet business leaders and address the US-India Business Council.

Soon after he landed in Washington on Monday, the PM visited the Arlington National Cemetery. He also attended a meeting of the heads of US think tanks and a function at which some rare Indian artifacts were repatriated.