Thursday, February 22, 2024

Modi arrives in Washington on second leg of his maiden state visit to US

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Wednesday on the second leg of his maiden state visit to the US during which he will hold bilateral talks with President Joe Biden and address a joint session of the US Congress.
“Reached Washington DC. The warmth of the Indian community and the blessings of Indra Devta made the arrival even more special,” Modi tweeted.
The prime minister, who is visiting the US at the invitation of President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, will join them for the state banquet along with a number of dignitaries on Thursday.
Modi arrived at the Joint Base Andrews in Washington, DC where he was given a guard of honour amid incessant rains. The Prime Minister, who was wearing a raincoat, stood for the national anthem of the two countries.
Modi expressed confidence that his visit to the US will reinforce ties between the two countries based on shared values of democracy, diversity and freedom.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a historic Yoga session at the UN Headquarters to commemorate the 9th International Day of Yoga, attended by top UN officials, diplomats and prominent personalities. He described Yoga as “truly universal” and “free from copyrights and patents”.
Modi also paid respects to the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in the North Lawn of UN headquarters at the beginning of the event that created the Guinness World Record for the participation of people of most nationalities.


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