Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a warm welcome by members of the Indian community in Houston on September 21 as he arrived for the mega Howdy Modi event in which he will be joined by U.S. President Donald Trump and address over 50,000 Indian-Americans.

On the way to Houston, Mr. Modi’s flight had a two-hour technical halt in Frankfurt early on September 21 where he was received by India’s Ambassador to Germany Mukta Tomar and Consul General Pratibha Parkar.

 

The Howdy Modi event on September 22 at the sprawling NRG Football Stadium in Houston is the largest gathering ever for an elected foreign leader visiting the U.S., other than the Pope.

Mr. Trump’s presence at the Houston event marks a new milestone, Mr. Modi had said in his departure statement ahead of his visit. This would be the first time a U.S. President is attending an Indian-American community event with Modi.

In Houston, Mr. Modi will also interact with CEOs of leading American energy companies with an aim to enhance India-US energy partnership.

From Houston, Mr. Modi will fly to New York where he will address the annual high-level UN General Assembly session in New York on September 27 and will have a packed agenda of bilateral and multilateral engagements.

Mr. Modi will met Mr. Trump in New York on September 24, the fourth meeting between the two leaders in as many months. The meeting in New York is expected to set the tone of bilateral relationship between the two countries over the next few years.

The two leaders are likely to discuss a range of bilateral, regional and global issues, including efforts to address the growing bilateral trade disputes, potential defence and energy deals and peace process in Afghanistan.

 

In his departure statement, Mr. Modi referred to the Indo-U,S. relations and said working together, the two nations can contribute to building a more peaceful, stable, secure, sustainable and prosperous world.

Mr. Modi also said that at the High Level Segment of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he would reiterate New Delhi’s commitment to reformed multilateralism, which is responsive, effective and inclusive, and in which India plays her due role.

Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale in New Delhi on September 19 said the focus of Mr. Modi’s week-long visit to the U.S. to attend the UNGA will not be on terrorism, but on highlighting India’s achievements and its global role.

He also asserted that abrogation of provisions of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir was an internal issue and off the agenda at the UN.

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