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PM Narendra Modi arrives in Washington ahead of meeting with Trump

Prime Minister Modi had said that the visit was aimed at building a forward-looking vision for the Indo-US bilateral partnership. Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 24, 2017, 10.13 PM (IST)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Washington earlier today on the second leg of his three-nation tour for his first bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump.

Soon after his arrival, he met people from the Indian community at the Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC.

Earlier, Modi met his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa and signed new agreements in taxation, science, youth affairs and sport.

The Portuguese Prime Minister deviated from protocol and went to the airport to see the Indian Prime Minister off.

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Modi is scheduled to meet Trump on Monday at the White House. 

The US President, Donald Trump, in a tweet, said that he is looking forward to welcoming the Indian Prime Minister to White House and there are important strategic issues that have to be discussed with Modi whom he called a "true friend".

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The visit has already gained strategic depth with the US approving the sale of 22 Predator Guardian drones to India, a deal worth close to $2 billion.

The two leaders are expected to strengthen the partnership between the two countries further.

Prime Minister Modi had said that the visit was aimed at building a forward-looking vision for the Indo-US bilateral partnership.

"My USA visit is aimed at deepening ties between our nations. Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world," he tweeted.

Trump and Modi have spoken twice over the phone after the former assumed office in January 2017. This will be their first personal meeting.

The Indian Prime Minister will also meet prominent American CEOs and interact with the Indian diaspora in US.

US President Donald Trump would host him for a dinner at the White House on Monday. 

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