Trump to host Indian PM Modi at White House in late June

Judith Bessette
Junho 13, 2017

Modi is expected to travel to Washington at the invitation of US President Donald Trump for a meeting at the White House later this month.

Dates for the official visit, which has always been in the air, were formally revealed on Monday along with one terse statement on the objective for the trip, which comes at the invitation of President Trump.

He cited fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region as shared priorities.

The two world leaders will look to enhance bilateral ties.

In a statement, India's foreign ministry said the two leaders would meet on June 26 for the first time after Modi arrives in Washington for a two-day visit. Security issues like Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and regional security are also likely to be discussed prominently during the meeting between the two leaders. The discussion will provide a new direction for deeper bilateral engagement on issues of mutual interest. He would urge Trump to stop the flow of USA aid to Pakistan till Islamabad shed its selective approach in combatting terror, the source said.

Indian officials hope that Trump and Modi will hit it off. Trump has continued since his inauguration to reiterate his call for American companies to keep their investments in the U.S. Meanwhile, Modi has pressed on multinational companies to manufacture their products in India.

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The Indian prime minister will meet the Indian community during his trip as well.

PM Modi should talk about the H-1B Visa issue with President Trump and the future of Indian workers in the US.

Ties between New Delhi and Washington warmed during the Obama years as India sought greater foreign investment and trade ties with Western nations.

"India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions of dollars from developed countries", he had said.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said India did not sign the Paris accord because of the lure of money and would continue to be part of it, regardless of whether the United States participates.

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