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Modi arrives in US

26 June 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled the Emergency imposed on the country 42 years ago on June 25, and said it was the darkest time in the history of India.

In a tweet, PM Modi wrote: "Thank you @POTUS for the warm personal welcome".

Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna and Charge d'Affaires at US Embassy in Delhi MaryKay Loss Carlson received PM Modi at Joint Base Andrews in Washington.

Modi is likely to lobby Trump on visas for technology workers.

Trump will host Modi at the White House on Sunday and the two leaders will spend about five hours together in a bilateral discussion, delegation level talks, a reception and a working dinner, the first of its kind hosted by this administration.

Earlier, a senior administration official said the visit is an opportunity to strengthen the US-India strategic partnership, which Trump very much views as a critical partnership in promoting stability and security in the Asia Pacific region and globally.

While progress is expected in defense trade and cooperation, Trump, who campaigned on an "America First" platform has been irritated by the growing U.S. trade deficit with India and has called for reform of the H-1B visa system that has benefited Indian tech firms. "So, I think that we would like to move forward with both countries", the official said.

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". The President and the Prime Minister will discuss ongoing cooperation, including counterterrorism, defence partnership in the Indo-Pacific region, global cooperation, burden-sharing, trade, law enforcement, and energy".

The Obama administration had accorded India the status of a "major defence partner".

Appreciating the villagers for declining the government aid and constructing the toilets in the village on their own, Modi said that such cases were best examples of clean India (Swatchh Bharat).

While talking about the biggest tax reform, Modi said, "The implementation of the landmark initiative of GST (Goods and Services Tax Bill) could be a subject of studies in United States business schools".

"They should study as well, if they can do well in studies, they should certainly do so, but if they have the potential and the inclination to do well in sports, that should be encouraged and supported by the school, college, family and all the people around them", Modi said.

"Many sectors of the Indian economy remain highly and unjustifiably protected, and India continues to be a hard place for American companies to do business", they wrote in a letter to Trump.

Modi arrives in US