1. PM Narendra Modi in US: No Madison Square-like event, only ‘small interaction’

PM Narendra Modi in US: No Madison Square-like event, only ‘small interaction’

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit on June 25 and 26 where he is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump, instead of a high-profile 2014 Madison Square Garden-like public event, PM Modi will take part in a "small interaction" with Indian community leaders.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2017 12:27 PM
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During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit on June 25 and 26 where he is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump, instead of a high-profile 2014 Madison Square Garden-like public event, PM Modi will take part in a “small interaction” with Indian community leaders. Due to lack of favourable atmosphere and shortage of time for groundwork, PM Modi decided to participate for such small interaction. Most likely, the Indian embassy in the US will arrange a small scale community interaction.

As Indian activists were quite eager and excited about PM Modi’s visit, a community event in Houston was being planned prior. But the event planners need ample amount of time to organise such huge gathering. According to The Indian Express reports, a source involved in planning such events told “But in the current political climate, a show of strength was not advisable.” This is why the event was not meterialised. The Indian Express report also added “the visit was confirmed quite late so it was not possible to organise a large-scale community event.”

Before reaching Washington DC, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Portugal on June 24 and later on June 27, he will be visiting Netherlands. “In Portugal, the focus will be on scientific, cultural and economic cooperation. But in the Netherlands, the core of the relationship is economic ties,” as per The Indian Express report. Although, there are no reports of community events in either of these two nations. On June 26, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Donald Trump in the White House.

Unlike large gatherings in 2014 (Madison Square Garden) and in 2015 (San Jose), this time PM Narendra Modi will address a small Community interaction. “We had indeed looked at some options… but with the overall time factor, we don’t have the flexibility. But, in Washington DC, he will have a community interaction,” the Ministry of External Affairs’s official spokesperson, Gopal Baglay, said.

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The key expectation from PM Narendra Modi and Donald Trump meeting is that it would create new direction and strenghthen the ties further for overall growth of the the countries. The Ministry of External Affairs’s official spokesperson, Gopal Baglay used an analogy to make it understand the ties better “It’s not like a car parked in the garage, that you have to check its engine, tyre pressure and other such stuff.” Baglay further said the relationship between the countries is based on “strong fundamentals” and is a “multi-faceted strategic partnership.” It also likely that both PM Modi and Trump will talk about bilateral cooperation, where terrorism and global security will also be a key factor to discuss upon.

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