Prime minister Narendra Modi arrives in the US capital today (6 June) afternoon as he and US president Barrack Obama are scheduled to meet at the Oval Office, their sixth after Modi assumed power.
The White House views Modi's visit as a highlight of the growing collaboration between India and the US and their "shared leadership" on the world stage.
"This visit celebrates the remarkable transformation in US-India ties. Over the last seven years, the United States and India have cemented an enduring bond of friendship, built on democratic values, open societies, and a respect for a rules-based order," a senior administration official told PTI.
"Modi's visit to Washington offers a chance to reflect on how much the strategic partnership between the US and India has grown over the course of this Administration following through on President Obama's goal to establish a 'defining relationship for the 21st Century' that will directly benefit our almost 1.6 billion citizens and increase cooperation to sustain and strengthen the global rules-based order both countries care deeply about," a State Department spokesman told the news agency earlier.
Here's the itinerary of the prime minister in the US:
June 6: After meeting Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann in Switzerland, PM arrives in Washington by afternoon
June 6 evening: Meeting with heads of Washington think-tanks
June 7: Wreath Laying at Tomb of Unknown Soldier and Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial, Working lunch with President Barack Obama
June 7 at 5 pm: Keynote address to US India Business Council's 41st Annual Leadership Summit
June 7 evening: Meeting with US business delegation
June 8: Address to the Joint Meeting of the US Congress
June 8: Lunch and reception with members of Congress
June 8: Reception with Indian Americans
June 8: Leaves for Mexico on a brief working visit on at the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto.
He returns to India on Thursday, June 9.
Updated Date: Jun 06, 2016 12:42 PM