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Modi describes America a natural global partner
27-09-2014

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Friday on a five-day visit to the United States, holding out an assurance that India is “open and friendly” for business and innovations.

Modi, 64, flew into New York’s JFK airport on a special Air India Boeing plane on the first leg of his maiden visit to the US as Prime Minister after a nearly nine-hour flight from Frankfurt where he had an overnight halt.

Describing America as India’s “natural global partner”, he seeks to hard sell India as a sound investment destination and mends ties with the US after a bitter diplomatic row last year. Modi asserted that the two countries have a fundamental stake and many shared interests in each other’s success.

Ahead of his arrival, Modi said he was looking forward to meeting President Barack Obama in Washington over two days from September 29 on the second and final leg of his visit. This will be the first meeting between the leaders of the world's two largest democracies.

The Prime Minister, who has a power-packed schedule, both in New York and Washington, with nearly 50 engagements, is due to deliver his maiden address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) tomorrow during his three-day stay in New York.

Giving an insight into his UN address, Modi had said he would call for a stronger global commitment and more concerted multilateral action in addressing challenges of fragile global economy, turbulence and tension in many parts of the world and growth and spread of terrorism.

Modi had said he would discuss with Obama how Indo-US ties can be taken to a "new level" in the interest of the two countries as well as of the world. He had also called the US as India's “vital partner” for its national development.