Barack Obama hosts Narendra Modi: As it happened

 Barack Obama hosts Narendra Modi: As it happened
  • Dinner at the White House ended on a positive note. PM Modi heads to Blair House. 

  • PM Modi did not have dinner as he is fasting. He only had lukewarm water, said MEA.

  • Modi and Obama talked to each other for 90 minutes during the dinner.

  • People outside White House performed Garba, Bhangra in honour of PM Modi.

  • While dinner was on, White House released a vision statement for the US-India Strategic Partnership: 'Chalein saath saath: Forward together we go'.

  • US First Lady Michelle Obama was not present at the private dinner.

  • Around 20 dignitaries were present during the dinner.

  • The private dinner hosted by Obama begins at Blue Room.

  • Security was beefed up around White House as PM Modi arrived for private dinner.

  • US Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and USAID chief Rajiv Shah were also invited at Obama's dinner for Modi, ANI reports.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and Indian Ambassador to the US S Jaishankar accompanied PM Modi at the White House.

  • As per MEA, US President Barack Obama gave Modi a warm welcome at the door of the White House. He also greeted him by saying 'Kem Cho Mr Prime Minister' (A Gujarati way of asking 'How are you?').

     

  • PM Modi has reached White House with his convoy.

  • A large number of supporters cheered Modi on his way to Blair House. They welcomed him with chants of 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Modi Modi'.

  • Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns received PM Modi at Andrews Air Force Base. 

     

  • PM Modi has arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington DC.

  • PM Modi departs from New York for Washington DC.

After addressing United Nations General Assembly, enthralling Indian-Americans at Madison Square Garden and meeting the top US CEOs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be meeting President Barack Obama over a private dinner on Monday.

Obama and Modi are meeting for the first time and will hold bilateral talks later on Tuesday at the White House.

Modi, who is currently fasting due to ongoing Navratri festival, has been consuming only lemonade and tea since his arrival in the US.

According to sources, the Indian side had expressed a desire not to include non-vegetarian dishes during the private dinner keeping in mind sensitivities of the Prime Minister who is observing Navratri fasts.

The request is being considered positively, as per US government sources.

"As with all guests hosted by US Presidents over the years, we always work to respectfully accommodate the practices of our visitors," said Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson of the National Security Council.

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