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Modi tour begins, US en route Ireland

Newsroom24x7 Desk

PM ModiNew Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his US tour today with a first halt scheduled in Ireland. Modi left for Ireland kick-starting his two-nation tour between September 23-29. The PM is scheduled to fly to USA later to meet industry leaders in Silicon Valley. He will be attending twenty events in two working days, including visits to headquarters of Google and Facebook, meetings with Apple’s Tim Cook and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, and a dinner with top tech CEOs during his power packed US visit.

Modi’s US agenda includes an Indian community reception for him at San Jose, and meetings with Fortune 500 CEOs in New York and the moghuls of Silicon Valley.

Modi is scheduled to meet President Obama on September 28, on the last working day of his visit. This week, he will address the UN Sustainable Development summit, where the post-2015 agenda will be adopted, and attend a special summit on climate change called by the UN Secretary-General.

Meanwhile, Union Cabinet cleared the $2.5 billion Apache attack helicopter deal ahead of the September 23-29 visit.

Also on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker led their respective delegations in the ‘Strategic and Commercial’ dialogue, an elevation of the dialogue agreed upon during President Barack Obama’s January visit.

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