Prime Minister Modi’s acceptance of Obama’s invite raises hope, hype

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s acceptance of an invitation from the US President Barack Obama to Washington in the last week of September will see a new chapter in India-US ties. Moreover, this initiative is being considered as one of the most significant ones since Modi became the Prime Minister.

The US President had invited Narendra Modi to the US when the former had called up the PM to congratulate him. However, as reported, the United States has offered September 30 as the date for the meeting, and the Indian side has asked for it to be advanced to September 26, around the time of Modi’s first address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The insistence of the US for a separate date is primarily aimed at giving the Prime Minister’s visit the status of a full fledged bilateral summit.

However, Narendra Modi’s invitation to SAARC leaders at his oath taking ceremony is being perceived as a powerful move. The US would always want a stronger friendship with India since a powerful ally in South Asia is going to have a deep impact in the Asian polity and also to deal with China.

 

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