US President Joe Biden to host PM Modi for state visit in June or July | India News – Times of India


WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s political standing is set to get a boost amid critical domestic and international scrutiny with a likely state visit to the White House in summer.
Although Modi has visited the US more than half dozen times since he became prime minister, they have mostly been official visits or working visits, often on the margins of trips to the United Nations in New York. This will be his first State visit, considered to be the highest expression of friendly bilateral relations between two sovereign states, characterised by official public ceremonies and a state banquet.
US President Joe Biden is said to have extended the invitation to the Prime Minister and the two sides are working on mutually convenient dates in June or July, according to PTI, which first reported the news. The state visit will precede India’s hosting of the G-20 summit in September, a milestone in the country’s diplomatic history.
The last state visit by an Indian Prime Minister was in November 2009 when President Obama hosted Dr Manmohan Singh at the White House. President Biden hosted French President Emanuel Macron for a state visit in December 2022, the only state so far at the Biden White House.
Besides the pomp, pageantry, and a state banquet at the White House, the state visit will also feature an addresss to the joint session of Congress.

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