India’s PM Modi to visit U.S. this week: ‘No question of stopping our trip’
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the United States this week, in a move that could set the stage for an important new round of bilateral talks.
Modi, who was the host of a major summit in Washington last month, will visit Washington to meet President Donald Trump, a meeting the United Nations has called an “historic moment.”
Trump’s trip to India was widely seen as an effort to secure a landmark trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), between the United State and 11 other nations.
In Washington, Modi is expected to meet with the CEOs of some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, a key priority for the White House.
The White House and the Trump administration have not commented on the meeting.
Modi’s visit will be the third by a foreign leader to the United America, a sign of how India and the United Kingdom have grown in recent years.
Modi has already visited New Zealand and the U.K. This year, he will visit India for a second time, and his last visit to the country was in 2018.
Modi also has a bilateral trade deal with the United Arab Emirates.
The TPP, an international pact between the U, U.N. and other nations, was agreed by the Trump and Modi administrations and was signed in February.
However, the agreement was not finalized.
The U.A.E. is an Islamic nation that has been under intense pressure from the United Sates to ratify the TPP, which was also opposed by India, a country that is a major economic partner of the United states.
India and India have also been in a long-running dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.
India is seeking to join the TPP in the event of a military conflict in Kashmir, which Pakistan refuses to do.