Modi’s visit comes amidst India’s rejection of Trump’s Paris accord charge
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Washington DC for his first meeting with President Donald Trump between June 25 and 27.
Modi’s visit comes amidst India’s rejection of Trump’s Paris accord charge and H-1B visa, so not much is expected from the meeting, the Times of India reported.
According to the report, there is no clarity from the White House about the schedule and format of Modi’s meeting with Trump. Modi is likely to have a couple of business engagements, too. Plans for a sortie to Houston organized by community activists has, however, been canceled.
The prime minister will attend an industry round-table with US CEOs and will also have meetings with individual lawmakers.
“New Delhi is quite happy to sacrifice the thrills and frills, as long as there are no spills,” the Times of India quoted a source involved in the visit.
Modi had been one of the first leaders to congratulate Trump after his victory in the November elections and the inauguration in January. Trump, then called Modi and invited him to visit the United States this year itself.
After BJP’s thumping victory in March’s assembly elections Trump congratulated Modi, whom he earlier described as “great man.”
Earlier this week, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj refuted Trump’s accusations that India is gulping “billions and billions” of dollars from developed nations as climate change fund.
The issue of H-1B visas also remains as another niggling factor between the two countries.