Washington:Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the joint press statement with the US President said, "We consider USA a valued partner in our flagship programmes." The PM remarked that trade, commerce and investment, technology, innovation and knowledge economy were key areas of India-US cooperation.

US President Donald along with first lady Melania Trump welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House with President Donald Trump. Modi, who arrived in Washington DC on the invitation of the US president, is meeting with the US President at the White House. Here PM Modi will spend about four hours now. It will be the third meeting of Modi with a US President in the Oval Office. Earlier, he met former President Barack Obama in September 2014 and June 2016, Whereas this will be  his first meeting after Donald Trump became the President of United States.

Leaders delegation from both countries will also be involved in this dialogue. From the United States, this team can be Vice-President Mike Pains, Defense Minister James Matisse, External Affairs Minister Rex Tillerson and National Security Adviser Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster. Prime Minister Modi might join with National Security Advisor(NSA) Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Ambassador of India Navtej Sarna in the US. After this, Modi and Trump will go towards Rose Garden and in large numbers Present joint statement to the American media present. These journalists will include foreign journalists and Indian media persons on the tour.

Both leaders can put their views on Indo-US relations in their statements. According to a senior house officer in the White House, the two leaders will probably not take any questions. But, a Indian-American joint statement will be issued. After the conversation with the media, Trump and his wife will have dinner in the White House's historic Blue Room with Prime Minister Modi and his delegation on the trip. After this Modi will leave from the White House at night. To join the departure ceremony, they will be accompanied by Trump and the first American lady. According to Mark Waller, White House correspondent for CBS News, Modi is the 28th foreign leader who will be welcomed at Trump's White House. Trump has met 47 global leaders so far, but for the first time Trump has organized a dinner for a foreign leader in the White House. This is Modi's first US visit under the Trump Administration which is happening after many high-level meetings between the two countries.


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