PM Modi holds bilateral talks with President Obama: As it happened

By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Oct 01, 2014, 08:31 AM IST
PM Modi holds bilateral talks with President Obama: As it happened

- PM Modi waves at supporters as he leaves for India.

 

- 'I look to turn the vision of our partnership into a lasting reality', Modi writes in White House visitors book.

- Modi urges US businessmen to come & invest in India. 

-PM Narendra Modi addressing US India Business Council(USIBC).

 

- PM Modi met Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner.

 

- Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani was present at the lunch hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden for PM Modi in Washington DC.

- My visit has reinvigorated my confidence in the relations between our two countries, says Modi.

- India and US have not only met on Mars but on Earth as well and we are certainly getting close: PM Modi.

- Modi addresses the press.

- US is encouraged by PM Modi's sense of purpose and commitment to the relationship: Biden.

- Together PM Modi and President Obama can usher a new era for the two nations: Biden.

- We admire your democracy and the message it sends to people around the world, Biden tells PM Modi.

- No nation has to choose between development and freedom, says Biden.

- We don't just share same founding ideals but also the same economic imperatives: Kerry.

- We want history to remember what PM Modi did for India's development and what Mahatma Gandhi did for its freedom in same breath: Kerry.

- Question is what this relationship looks like tomorrow, it's one of those hinge points in history, says Kerry.

- Kerry addresses the press along with Vice President Joe Biden. Modi present along with them.

- PM Modi to have lunch with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

- PM Modi and President Obama pay homage to Martin Luther King.

- As per initial plan, Modi was to go alone but in last minute change Obama also decided to join him. They drove straight to the Memorial after their summit level talks at the White House.

- Modi reaches Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. Obama accompanies PM Modi.

- Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968) was an American pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using non-violent civil disobedience.

- The press conference concludes. Modi to visit Martin Luther King Jr Memorial now.

- I have invited President Obama and his family to visit India, says PM Modi.

- We discussed emerging terrorism challenges in South Asia and new threats of terrorism in West Asia and beyond: Modi.

- We had an open discussion on WTO issue. We support trade facilitation but a solution that takes care of our food security must be found: PM Modi.

- I urged President Obama to take steps whereby our service companies can get access to the American economy: Modi.

- America is an integral part of our Look East, Link West policy: PM Modi.

- India and US are natural partners and we will make it easier to do business in India: PM Modi.

- We have agreed to consult and cooperate on climate change: PM Modi.

- We both are committed to helping Afghanistan and improving our coordination in this area: Modi.

- Both sides are deeply concerned about the Ebola crisis in Africa, India has made a financial commitment of USD 10 million: PM Modi.

- There was great convergence in international matters, says Modi.

- We are serious about resolution of issues on both sides to enable civil nuclear energy cooperation to take off, says Modi.

- President Obama and I talked about economic issues. Our economic relations will improve even further: Modi.

- After the Indo-US meet in Mars, we are now meeting here, says Modi.

- I am thankful to President Obama for his warm welcome. I am glad to have been able to meet him President in the early part of my tenure, says PM Modi.

- We discussed trade and how we can continue to work with each other, adds Obama.

- We discussed international situation, security issues and Middle East violence and extremism: US President

- Everyone is impressed with energy and determination with which the PM has looked to address India's enormous opportunities: Obama

- Have decided to deepen existing ties with India. India can emerge as major world power, says Obama.

- Modi and Obama address joint press conference in White House.

- Modi meets Obama, talks between them underway.

- Modi arrives White House, to meet Obama shortly.

- Madhya Pradesh CM says that with US visit Modi has emerged as a global leader.

- Governor Michael O'Malley of Maryland calls on the PM. They talked about innovative uses of technology in governance, as per MEA.

- Modi meets Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel. They reportedly discussed issues pertaining to terror and Ebola epidemic. 

- Modi, who was wearing beige kurta and cream Nehru jacket, leaves the venue but before that he meets the waiting crowd.

- PM pays floral tribute to Mahatama Gandhi's statue. Swaraj too pays tributes to Gandhi.

- A large number of Indian-Americans are  present to welcome the PM who was accompanied by Swaraj. The crowd is chanting 'Modi, Modi'.

- PM Modi reaches Indian Embassy to pay tribute to the Gandhi statue on Lexington Avenue.

- Meanwhile, a look at the following tweet posted by the MEA:

- PM Modi will soon reach Gandhi Memorial to pay tributes to the Father of the Nation at the Dupont Circle.

- The Gandhi statue was sculpted by Gautam Pal. The sculpture of Gandhi is cast in bronze as a statue to a height of 8 feet 8 inches. It shows Gandhi in stride.

- The memorial is erected in front of the Indian Embassy. It is a gift from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and was dedicated on September 16, 2000 during a state visit of the then Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the presence of former US President Bill Clinton.

- Today Modi will visit Gandhi Memorial in Washington DC, have delegation level talks with Obama at White House and then hold a joint press conference with the US President, among other engagements.

- Modi gave Obama a 'Gita by Gandhi' in Khadi cover and audio-video clips from the 1959 India visit of Martin Luther King. The book is Gandhi's interpretation of Gita. The book was published many years ago.

- Modi later tweeted that he had a 'wonderful' meeting with Obama and they talked about a wide range of issues.

- Both the leaders were joined by 20 attendees at the dinner. The President was joined by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice among others. Modi was accompanied by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Indian Ambassador to the US, S Jaishankar among others, as per PTI.

- "Kem Cho," asked Obama when he welcomed Modi, who replied, "Thank you very much, President."

- Modi arrived at Andrew Air Force Base in Washington and was hosted by US President Barack Obama to a private dinner, ahead of their Summit talks, as the two leaders sought to reinvigorate bilateral ties.

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his five-day US visit from September 26. He landed in New York, addressed UNGA, gave a speech at Madison Square Garden to around 18,000 Indian-American crowd, met top US CEOs amongst others and then headed for Washington on September 29.