As Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his three-nation tour -- Portugal, US and Netherlands -- today, his trip to the US will be the one closely watched. He will reach Washington at 6am on Sunday where the White House is "rolling out the red carpet" for him. This would be PM Modi's fourth visit to the country where he forged a close relationship with former US President Barack Obama and called the US "an indispensable partner".
The preparation started over two months ago, and the US wants this to be a "really memorable visit", the "White House has been abuzz with mammoth preparations on all fronts to make this a good visit," the official said.
The two leaders will meet at 3.30 pm EST on June 26, and will deliver a joint statement along with individual statements. But there will be no press meet, "as preferred by both leaders". This will be followed by a cocktail reception and a working dinner. While the H1B visa policy is not expected to come up for talks, climate change would be an important topic of discussion, but the US will "seek common ground".
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