PM Modi has visited the US six times since 2014 — meeting three presidents: Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden — but this will be his first State visit, an honour reserved for America’s closest allies and friends.
Day 1: Yoga in New York
The PM will reach New York on June 20 and is expected to be welcomed by a group of Indian Americans at the Andrews Air Force Base.
On June 21, the PM will lead celebrations marking the International Day of Yoga at the UN headquarters in New York.
“The PM will be paying respect to the bust of Mahatma Gandhi that now proudly adorns the North Lawn of the UN Headquarters, where yoga will also be conducted,” said Ruchira Kamboj, India’s Permanent Representative to to UN.
The PM will then travel to Washington DC where President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are expected to host a intimate private dinner on June 21 evening. This part of the itinerary, however, has not been confirmed by officials.
Day 2: State reception, Congress address and State dinner
On June 22, PM Modi will be given a ceremonial welcome at the White House. More than a thousand people are expected to be at the event, including members of the Indian diaspora.
After the ceremonial welcome, PM Modi will hold a high-level dialogue with US President Joe Biden.
Aside from the pomp and symbolism associated with a State visit, the two sides are firming up engagements between PM Modi and US President Joe Biden to pave the way for closer alignment between the economic and technology ecosystems of the two countries and eliminating hurdles to building more resilient supply chains.
After the bilateral talks, PM Modi will address a joint sitting of the Congress on June 22 afternoon at the invitation of Congressional leaders, including speaker Kevin McCarthy of the House of Representatives and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer.
PM Modi will be only the third world leader, outside of Israel, to make such an address twice. He had addressed the US Congress in 2016 during the Obama administration.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will then host a State dinner in honour of PM Modi on June 22 evening. Several hundred guests, a mix of members of Congress, diplomats and celebrities, are expected to be at the dinner.
Day 3: Lunch at State Dept, meeting CEOs, mega event for Indian diaspora
On June 23, the PM will be jointly hosted at a luncheon by vice-president Kamala Harris and secretary of state Antony Blinken.
PM Modi will also interact with CEOs, professionals and other stakeholders.
He will also address the Indian diaspora at a mega event in Ronald Reagan Center on June 23 evening.
On to Egypt
After his US visit, PM Modi will travel to Egypt to meet President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and build on trade and strategic relations between the two sides. This will be PM Modi’s first visit to Egypt.
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