Narendra Modi

Gyaneshwar Gawade

JHUK Gaya Aasmaan! The United States (US) has proposed a summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its President Barack Obama on September 30.

According to media reports, Obama had invited Modi to the US when he called up the PM to congratulate him. Narendra Modi has confirmed to US President Barack Obama that he will have a bilateral meeting with him in Washington in the last week of September this year.

Significantly, the meeting won’t happen on the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly in New York but in the form of a full-fledged bilateral summit in Washington.

This was Obama who first ones to call up Modi and congratulated him on his “emphatic election victory” and said the largest democracy in the world has given a “decisive mandate”.

Both leaders discussed the India-US Strategic Partnership and the prevailing global economic situation.

The call was the first high-level contact between Modi and the US leadership ever since 2005 when the Gujarat chief minister had been denied a US visa due to his alleged complicity in the 2002 riots in the state.

It is understood that Washington has proposed September 30 as the date for the meeting but the Indian side is looking at clubbing the bilateral meeting with Modi’s visit to the US for the United Nations General Assembly around September 26.

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