New Delhi: While the crucial meet of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama is scheduled at the White House, much significance is being attached to the PM's stay at the 190-year-old Blair House; the designated guest house of the U.S. president where all his state guests are traditionally known to have stayed.
Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister in over a decade to stay at the U.S. President’s guest house. Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was reportedly the last one to stay at the guest house.
“ U.S. Presidents continue to rely on Blair House as a significant foreign policy tool,” as per the official reports. Not only this, PM Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Arlington National Cemetery to pay respect to the US soldiers.
“Visiting the Arlington cemetery has a symbolic significance for Americans and the PM’s visit will be seen as a special gesture,” according to an Indian Express report.
Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for the country's icons, including more than 300,000 veterans of every American conflict, from the Revolutionary War to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The main objective of the visit of Prime Minister is to consolidate the progress made in areas such as economy, energy, environment, defence and security, and to intensify cooperation for the future, External Affairs Ministry was quoted as saying.
PM Modi at Arlington Cemetery, lays wreath at tomb of US soldiers who were martyred during American conflicts. pic.twitter.com/UVpD2QGuTy
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