Modi describes America a natural global partner
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
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.