Prime Minister Narendra Modi lands in Washington, D.C.; defence, economic ties on agenda

| Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 10:36
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Washington D.C.: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday arrived in the US from Switzerland.
The PM landed at Washington D.C.’s Joint Base Andrews military facility located in Prince George's County, Maryland on the fourth leg of his five-nation tour for his two-day visit in US.

This being PM Modi’s fourth visit to US in the last two years of Modi government at the centre, his current visit will be focussed on increasing Indo-US strategic partnership.

Modi is visiting the US at the invitation of President Barack 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".
PM Modi will also be addressing a joint US Congress. He will be the 5th Indian Prime Minister to do so.
Amidst PM’s tour to US, various Indo-US experts and think tanks would be speculating and looking forward to this visit. One of the important aspects of the meeting will be the co-operation between both the countries.
Experts have said that power and technology will be some of the areas where India will be seeking US help.
According to sources, the White House is looking to increase Defence and Economic cooperation with India.
India will also be seeking US help in its membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
PM Modi’s itinerary:
•       PM Modi’s first stop will be a visit to Arlington Cemetery, where he will pay tribute to soldiers martyred in World War II. The place has witnessed 5 state funerals.
•       Indo-US joint presser on June 7.
•       Meet with ‘think tanks' and a function at which some rare Indian artifacts will be repatriated. 
•       Meet with business leaders on June 8 and address the US-India Business Council.
Later on Wednesday, PM Modi will leave for Mexico on the fifth and final leg of his five-nation tour. 

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