WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on June 7 to discuss security and other issues.
In a statement, the White House said the leaders will discuss economic growth, climate change, clean energy, and security and defense cooperation during the meeting on June 7, which follows President Obama’s trip to Delhi in January 2015.
“The visit will highlight the deepening of the U.S.-India relationship in key areas,” the statement said. The two countries’ partnership is seen as critical in Washington, which is seeking to counterbalance China’s increasing power.
U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has also invited PM Modi to address a joint meeting of Congress during his Washington visit, an opportunity extended to few foreign leaders. The PM has accepted the invitation, the first offered to a foreign leader this year.
“The main objective of the forthcoming visit of the Prime Minister would be to consolidate the progress made in diverse areas such as economy, energy, environment, defence and security, and to intensify cooperation for the future,” said a statement from the Foreign Ministry which also said that the PM will meet top CEOs during his visit.