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Power-packed agenda awaits Modi in US

india Updated: Sep 08, 2014 18:11 IST
Shishir Gupta
Shishir Gupta
Hindustan Times
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi would have one-to-one meetings with chiefs of five transnational corporations with combined worth of more than half a $ trillion during his five-day trip to US from September 26-30.

Given the power-packed agenda that culminates in a private dinner with US President Barack Obama on September 29 in White House and bilateral meetings the next day, serious preparations are already afoot with entire Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and ministry of external affairs pitching its best to make PM Modi’s visit to US a grand show.

Nripendra Misra, principal secretary to PM, took a meeting of 15 senior secretaries on August 29 to review the bilateral agenda, while National Security Advisor Ajit Doval reviewed the defence and security ties on September 5.

Indian and US diplomatic sources told HT that Modi arrives in New York for the UN General Assembly on September 26 and addresses the multilateral body the next day. The big show, however, is the Indian community function at Madison Square Gardens on September 28 with key aide Bharat Lal and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav already on the job in New York to get the NRI organisations together.

However, the power show begins on September 29 with PM Modi meeting former first couple Bill and Hillary Clinton and South Carolina governor Nikki Randhawa Haley. He would also hold one-to-one meetings with James McNerney, chairman, Boeing Corporation; Jeffrey Immelt, chairman, GE, Virginia Rommety, chairman, IBM, Laurence Fink, chairman, Blackrock and Lloyd Fink, chairman, Goldman Sachs. The show does not end here with PM Modi hosting a luncheon for 10-11 chief executive officers of multinational companies like Pepsi, Abbot Pharma, Lockheed Martin, Master Card.

Top government sources said that PM Modi will attend a private dinner hosted by President Obama in Washington to discuss bilateral ties including in nuclear and defence areas. However, the key bilateral meeting is on September 30 with vice-president Joe Biden and secretary of state John Kerry hosting a luncheon for the visiting PM.

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