Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the United States from June 21 to June 24 is one of the most important diplomatic visits of 2023, highlighting the significance of India’s geopolitical role. The packed schedule of PM Modi’s visit includes various engagements in New York and Washington, where he will meet with world leaders, address the US Congress, and interact with the Indian diaspora.
Here is a breakdown of the key events during PM Modi’s visit:
1. Yoga Day in New York: June 21 On June 21, PM Modi will lead the International Yoga Day celebrations at the United Nations Secretariat in New York. As a well-known yoga practitioner, Modi has been instrumental in promoting yoga globally since 2015 when the United Nations proclaimed this day as the International Day of Yoga. His leadership in the yoga session at the UN Secretariat is expected to be significant, highlighting the international recognition and impact of this ancient Indian practice.
2. Bilateral and State Dinner in Washington: June 22 After New York, PM Modi will travel to Washington, where he will receive an official welcome at the White House on June 22. A bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden will focus on defense and technology partnerships, climate change, and other key issues of mutual interest. Following the meeting, PM Modi will address a joint session of the US Congress, becoming the first Indian leader to do so for the second time. This address will allow him to share his vision of India’s future and discuss global challenges faced by both nations. The day will culminate in a state dinner hosted by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, attended by prominent Americans and Indian Americans.
3. Lunch at the US State Department and CEO Meetings: June 23 On June 23, PM Modi will attend a lunch hosted by the US State Department, where he will join US Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. The lunch will provide an opportunity to discuss important bilateral issues. Later, PM Modi will deliver a speech at an event organized by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, attended by top American CEOs and leaders. He is also expected to hold meetings with select CEOs, further strengthening economic ties between the two countries. Additionally, Modi will address the Indian diaspora at an event in Washington, where he will engage with Indian-origin professionals and businessmen.
June 25-26 Following his US visit, PM Modi will travel to Egypt on June 25-26 for his first state visit to the North African nation. This visit comes at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who was the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in January 2023. The visit aims to elevate bilateral relations to a strategic partnership and foster cooperation in various sectors. During his stay, Modi will engage in bilateral talks, interact with senior dignitaries from the Egyptian government, meet prominent Egyptian personalities, and connect with the Indian community in Egypt.