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'Will present India as global leader,' says PM Modi ahead of US visit

File photo: PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION New Delhi/Houston Sep 20, 2019, 08.11 PM (IST) Written By: Palki Sharma , Sidhant Sibal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he will aim to present India as a global leader and boost ties with the US. The prime minister's comments came ahead of his week-long visit to the US

In his departure statement, the prime minister said, "I am confident that my visit would present India as a vibrant land of opportunities, a reliable partner and a global leader and will also help impart new energy to our relations with the US."

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PM Modi will be meeting around 45 world leaders from India's immediate neighbourhood to Latin America. He will be meeting US President Trump on Tuesday in New York for a bilateral. This will be his third bilateral meet with US President this year after meeting him on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Japan and the G7 Summit in France. PM Modi in the statement said he looks forward to meeting with Trump in Houston and New York.

"The US is a vital partner for our national development with rich possibilities of partnership in education, skills, research, technology and innovation and an enabler for India in economic growth and national security... Working together, we can contribute to building a more peaceful, stable, secure, sustainable and prosperous world".

Overall there will be three main focus points of Prime Minister's visit -multilateral engagements at United Nations, Bilateral component in the United States--which include meeting with businesses, diaspora and US political leadership and bilateral meeting in New York.

Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh V Shringla speaking to media in the Houston said, "the prime minister has a comprehensive programme in the US. He arrives in Houston this Saturday and soon after he arrives he has an event to meet the top CEOs of energy companies. Houston is the global hub for energy. Our cooperation with the US has increased significantly because of our interest in US crude oil and energy."

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PM Modi's first stop will be Houston where his first engagement will be to meet the CEOs of top energy companies. Houston, the capital city of Texas, is the fourth most populous city of the US. 

On Sunday, PM Modi will be participating in the "Howdy Modi" event wherein he will address the local India diaspora. It will be the largest gathering of people for a visiting democratically elected leader. According to the organisers, 50,000 people have registered for the event, mostly Indian-Americans. US President Donald Trump, along with senior democratic leadership, will be present at the event.

The prime minister will be in New York from Monday and will be speaking nine times at various events throughout the week that will be broadcast live. Monday will see him address climate change and health care summit and a leaders' dialogue on 'strategic responses to terrorist and violent extremists narrative'.

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On Tuesday, the focus will be on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi with the launch of Gandhi solar park in United Nations headquarters premises. Gandhi solar park has 193 panels representing the UN member nations and has been built with Indian government's grant of one million dollars. Solar panels gifted from India will be installed on the roof of the UN headquarters. The panels are powered up to reach max 50 KW of generation power. With an output of 86244 Kwh, it equals to 61 metric tons of CO2 or 30,242 kilograms of coal burned carbon sequestered from 1,008 tree seedlings grown over 10 years. A UN postage stamp will also be released and Gandhi peace garden will be inaugurated at the New York State University.

PM Modi will address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27 anytime after 8 pm India time.

Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said, "This is PM's first visit to the United States after the re-election of the government and the prime minister is going to UNGA with solid achievements in previous five years in sustainable development goals. Our intention is to showcase the progress made on climate change, universal health coverage, sanitation et cetera and convey expectation from other countries and understand their aspirations".

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"The PM is also of the view that it is important to play the role that his expected of India in shaping the global agenda - both political and socio-economic. The PM will again reiterate a position India has been saying for a long time and that is multilateralism is at the centre of global politics and it should remain so".

Two important summits will take place while PM Modi will be in the United States - the third India-Pacific Island Summit and the first India Caribbean Summit. The focus will also be on investments with PM meeting CEOs of 45 US companies like Amway Corp, Bank of America, Coca Cola, Deloitte, IBM, Cisco Systems Inc, JPMorgan & Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, MasterCard, Microsoft, Visa, Walmart Retail.

This is the first visit to the US by PM Modi in his second term. In his first term, the prime minister visited the US twice - once in 2014 and then in 2015.

No meeting with Pakistan PM Imran Khan will take place. Khan will also be in New York for the UNGA week. 

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In the departure statement, the prime minister said, 'I am confident that my visit would present India as a vibrant land of opportunities'.