Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday engaged in wide-ranging bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama after arriving at the White House here.
This is the seventh meeting between Modi and Obama in the past two years.
PM Modi while addressing a gathering said that India’s youth power in partnership with US will help to serve mankind.
“Will meet again in G20 and will fulfill the dream of climate justice. Our friend Obama extended support to MTCR and NSG for which I will always be grateful,” said Modi.
On India-US partnership, the PM said, “We are working shoulder to shoulder; we are proud. Will continue working together.” He thanked President Obama and the US Congress for inviting him to the US.
President Obama expressed having fond memories of India, when he took part in the Republic Day celebrations.
He said, that Modi and he discussed progress made on nuclear civil cooperation and regional security issues. He also said he wished the two countries to work together on cyber security.
PM Modi arrived here on Monday from Switzerland on his second bilateral visit to the US after his trip in September, 2014.
He is visiting the US at the invitation of Obama, who in the last year of his presidency is inviting a few world leaders with whom he shared a “close and productive working relationship”.
Following Tuesday’s talks, Obama will host Modi for lunch.
Later in the day, the Prime Minister will attend a meeting of business leaders and then address the annual general meeting of the US-India Business Council (USIBC).
After arriving here on Monday, Modi visited the Arlington National Cemetery and laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Space Shuttle Colombia Memorial.
He also attended a meeting of heads of US think tanks and a function at which some rare Indian artifacts were repatriated.
The highlight of Modi’s visit will be his address to a joint sitting of the US Congress on Wednesday.
He will be the fifth Indian Prime Minister to address the US Congress after Rajiv Gandhi, P.V. Narasimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh.
Later on Wednesday, he will leave for Mexico on the fifth and final leg of his five-nation tour.
Prior to Switzerland, he visited Afghanistan and Qatar.
First Published | 7 June 2016 9:59 PM