PM Modi thanks Trump for warm welcome, looks forward to discussions
Taking to Twitter, the US President had earlier announced that he has important issues to discuss with his 'true friend' Modi. Photograph: (ANI)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Washington DC on Sunday morning for his much-anticipated meeting with US President Donald Trump on Monday.
Hours after arriving in the US capital, Modi thanked Trump for his “warm welcome” and said he looks forward to meeting him.
Modi touched down at the Andrews Air Force base hours back to a warm welcome by expat Indians waving flags and the customary "Modi Modi Modi Modi" chant.
Modi was received by the Indian Ambassador to the US, Navtej Sarna, and his wife, Aveena.
The Prime Minister will meet top American CEOs of global giants later today, including Apple, Microsoft and Google, in Washington, with issues ranging from visas, investment and job creation expected to occupy centre-stage during the discussions.
Regional security is expected to be high on the agenda for the talks as Washington considers deploying up to 5,000 extra troops in Afghanistan to help local forces fighting the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
Ahead of Modi’s arrival in Washington, Trump had said he looked forward to discussing important strategic issues with a “true friend”.
Look forward to welcoming India's PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!— President Trump (@POTUS) June 24, 2017
Modi would be the first world leader to have a working dinner with Trump at the White House on Monday.