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Modi’s US calendar choc-a-bloc

india Updated: Sep 23, 2014 00:34 IST
Jayanth Jacob

During the New York leg of his visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to have an interactive session orgnanised by the Council on foreign affairs and bilateral meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Sources said a maximum of four slots could be available for bilateral meetings on September 27. Modi will address the UNGA on September 27, a day after his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif’s address at the world body.

The sources added so far just two bilateral meetings have been slotted adding “there is no plan as of now for a meeting with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif.”

Following the request from President Rajapaksa, the two leaders are set to meet on the sidelines of the UNGA. The other bilateral meetings are still being planned.

Modi is also scheduled to visit Central Park where he will attend the Global Citizen Festival on the evening of 27. With a great deal of focus placed on business, Modi will meet business leaders on two occasions including a breakfast meeting with US CEOs.

Officials said separate meetings with some individual CEOs of US companies are also being planned. Modi will address Indian Americans at Madison square on September 28 before leaving for Washington next day.

Modi will meet President Obama on both September 29 and 30. Obama will host a dinner for Modi on September 29 and vice-president Joe Biden will host a working lunch on September 30 after which the Prime Minister will travel meet House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.