Twist In The Plan Of US Visit: Modi And Trump To Take One Question Each From Reporters

NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON: Before their working dinner at the White House tonight, US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address reporters. As a result of change in plans, the US and India have changed their earlier stand of no questions allowed - instead, after a joint statement is issued on their meeting, now each leader will take one question selected in advance from the reporters.

At 01:20 am, according to Indian time, PM Modi and Mr Trump will begin a 20-minute one-on-one interaction with the media. Various other officials will be available during the conference, that will flow into delegation talks.

 Mr Modi will become the first foreign dignitary to be entertained at a dinner at the White House by the Trump administration.

Expectation management by the Indian side has seen officials play down the likelihood of any major breakthrough, stressing that the tete-a-tete is aimed at the two world leaders building a personal rapport at a time of vast differences on issues ranging from climate change to immigration.

Initial signs were upbeat, with Mr  Trump describing PM Modi as a "true friend!" on Twitter, and the PM posting that he "greatly looked forward" to the one-on-one.

 

This is PM Modi's fifth trip to the US since he took over as Indian Prime Minister.

 

 

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