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Trump’s move to attend PM Modi event ‘historic’

September 17, 2019

The decision taken by United States President Donald Trump to attend an event called Howdy, Modi in Texas, US, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address Indian-Americans has been hailed as "historic and unprecedented".

PM Modi is scheduled to speak at the event on 22 September. This will be the third meeting between the two leaders this year. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India's Ambassador to the US, said the decision is a sign of the "personal chemistry and friendship" between the two leaders.

The two leaders addressing the 'Howdy, Modi' event is historic and unprecedented. It reflects not only the closeness and comfort levels in the relationship but also the personal chemistry and friendship between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump. - Harsh Vardhan Shringla, India's Ambassador, United States

PM Modi and President Trump last met at the G7 Summit in France on 26 August. Over 60 US lawmakers will also be at the event. Over 50,000 people have registered for the event to be held in Houston.

In a statement, the White House called the event is "a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship."

The theme of the summit is Shared Dreams, Bright Futures and will highlight the contributions of Indian-Americans in the US.

The three-hour gathering will include a cultural program to be followed by an address by PM Modi.

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