Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Sunday with top U.S. business executives and members of the Indian diaspora on his first visit to the U.S. since Donald Trump was elected president.
At a hotel meeting in Washington with leaders of some of the top U.S. technology companies, the prime minister extolled the virtues of doing business in India where he said there was "minimum government," making it easy to do business in the South Asian nation.
Among those attending the meeting were Google's Sundar Pichai, Satya Nadella of Microsoft and Shantanu Narayen of Adobe Systems, who are all Indian Americans. Amazon chief Jeff Bezos and Apple's Tim Cook also attended the meeting.
Later Sunday, at a hotel in Northern Virginia, the prime minister met with nearly 1,000 members of the Indian community in America.
Community connect...the Indian community came in large numbers at the airport to welcome the Prime Minister to USA. pic.twitter.com/wXrZgmdkeB— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 25, 2017
Modi will meet with President Trump at the White House on Monday for the first face-to-face discussion between the two leaders. Ahead of the meeting, Trump tweeted Saturday that he was looking forward to discussing strategic issues with a "true friend".
Look forward to welcoming India%27s PM Modi to @WhiteHouse on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!— President Trump (@POTUS) June 24, 2017
The two governments are working on a joint statement about fighting terrorism, and a senior White House official says: “We can expect to see some new initiatives on counterterrorism cooperation."
There is angst in New Delhi that Trump has not paid adequate attention to India, but Trump has generally been positive about India in public messaging. He previously visited Mumbai as a businessman, and he has Trump-branded properties in the country.
Modi, who like Trump, came into politics from a business background, is also expected to meet with a number of American CEOs, securing a deal with California drone-maker General Atomics for the sale of 22 Guardian (MQ-9) unarmed drones to India’s navy for maritime patrolling, as well a tentative deal with Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems to produce F-16 fighter jets in India.