New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a roundtable with at least 20 executives of US-based companies in Washington. The Prime Minister, who is on a two-day visit to the US capital, will later meet with the members of the Indian community in neighbouring Virginia. A series of bilaterals with US president Donald Trump and his team are scheduled for tomorrow, in which the two nations will seek to fortify and give direction the ties, which has been drifting due to several economic and immigration agendas of the Republican government. President Trump has called PM Modi a "true friend" with whom he had "important strategic issues to discuss".
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- PM Modi is meeting 21 CEOs at the Hotel Willard Intercontinental. Among those attending are Google's Sundar Pichai, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Apple's Tim Cook and Mastercard's Ajay Banga.
- PM Modi will hear the executives, whose chief concerns are said to include the economic scenario in India post demonetisation and the question of jobs, given PM Modi's focus on 'Make in India'. He is also expected to speak to them about the opportunities available in India for firms seeking to invest.
- Later, the PM will attend a lunch reception in the DC suburb of Virginia, where he will interact with the Indian community; 600 members of the community are likely to attend the event.
- As the Prime Minister arrived in Washington, he responded to President Donald Trump tweet, saying, "Greatly look forward to my meeting and discussions with you".
- The White House has said that it was "seeking to roll out the red carpet" for PM Modi. This, it said, will be the first dinner for a foreign dignitary at the White House under the Trump administration.
- On Monday, President Trump will host PM Modi at the White House where the two leaders will spend around five hours together -- beginning with a bilateral discussion, delegation-level talks, followed by a reception and a working dinner. Defence cooperation, boosting economic ties, combating terrorism and security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region are among the key issues likely to be discussed.
- Climate change, another point of friction, is expected to be an important part of the discussion. Earlier this month, while pulling US out of the Paris climate accord, President Trump had accused India of seeking to profit from it, drawing a sharp reaction from New Delhi. The US has said it will "seek common ground" on the issue.
- A high point of the PM's visit would be the US approval for the supply of 22 Guardian drones for the Indian Navy - an over $2 billion deal which has been held up for years.
- President Trump's review of the H-1B visa programme, a key concern for India, is not expected to figure in the talks.
- After the talks, PM Modi and President Trump will deliver a joint statement along with individual statements. There will be no press meet, "as preferred by both leaders", a White House official has said.