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Modi leaves for US

Modi leaves for US
Highlights

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a high voltage five-day visit to the United States of America that has an array of glitzy events reflecting his characteristic style of global diplomacy and one-on-one engagements with global leaders.

  • 5-day visit to see high-profile activities
  • Modi to take ties with US to new level
  • Says Prez Obama’s life is an inspiration
  • PM to speak at UN General Assembly
  • To address meet at NY’s Madison Square

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has embarked on a high voltage five-day visit to the United States of America that has an array of glitzy events reflecting his characteristic style of global diplomacy and one-on-one engagements with global leaders.

20 years ago: Narendra Modi (2nd from left) outside the White House in Washington in 1994 along with G Kishan Reddy (1st from left), currently BJP State President, Telangana. (PTI)
Denied a US visa as Gujarat Chief Minister for nine continuous years, the trip marks Modi’s debut on the United Nations platform, as well as President Barack Obama’s desire to reset the vital Indo-US relations that have suffered a major setback after the diplomatic row involving the area of an IFS officer Devyani Khobragade. He said he looked forward to his first meeting with President Barack Obama. "His life's journey is a remarkable testimony to the rights and opportunities that democracies provide, and an inspiration for people around the world," he said. Barely hours before his departure Modi launched the “Make in India” to showcase India as an attractive manufacturing destination, and this completely synchronises with his agenda to enhance business, defence and strategic cooperation.

His calendar over the next five days that includes interactions with Global CEOs, the vibrant Indian diaspora and the first-ever address by an Indian Prime Minister at New York’s Madison Square to a sell-out gathering of persons of Indian origin, apart from the all-important summit meetings at the White House with President Obama, is just an indication of the expectations from this visit. Modi will also be addressing the UN General Assembly, and this would be an occasion for India to push the reform UN agenda so that it “remains relevant and effective in dealing with the challenges of the 21st Century” including the “ problems of global economy, turbulence and tension in many parts of the world, terrorism, the Ebola health crisis in Africa, climate change and eradication of poverty.” With President Obama hosting him as a special guest in the President’s guest house and having a special dinner with him, Modi’s agenda for the visit to develop a personal equation with him is well-established. In his statement before flying away, he said: “I will discuss with President Obama how we can use the strength of all that we share and all that we have built so far to take our relationship to a new level in the interest of two countries and the cause of this world. I am confident that the visit will mark the start of a new chapter in our strategic partnership.”

Modi who will have a stopover in Frankfurt on Thursday night and will reach New York on Friday also said: “Working together, and with others, we can bridge the many divisions of our times and contribute to building a more peaceful, stable, secure, sustainable and prosperous world.”

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