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PM Modi paying State Visits to US, Egypt

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) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay State Visits to the US and Egypt from June 20 to 25. This will be his first visit to Cairo.

At the invitation of US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, Prime Minister Modi will pay an Official State Visit to USA.

The visit will commence in New York, where Prime Minister will lead the celebrations of the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations Headquarters on June 21. In December 2014, the UN General Assembly had adopted a resolution proclaiming June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

Prime Minister Modi will thereafter travel to Washington D.C., where he will receive a ceremonial welcome at the White House on June 22, and meet President Biden to continue their high-level dialogue. President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden will host a State Dinner in honour of the Prime Minister the same evening.

At the invitation of Congressional Leaders, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy and Speaker of the Senate Charles Schumer, Prime Minister Modi will address a Joint Sitting of the U.S. Congress on June 22.

On June 23, Prime Minister will be jointly hosted at a luncheon by Kamala Harris, Vice President and Antony Blinken, Secretary of State.

In addition to the official engagements, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to have several curated interactions with leading CEOs, professionals, and other stakeholders. He will also meet members of the Indian Diaspora, a statement said.

Prime Minister Modi will subsequently travel to Cairo to pay a State Visit to Egypt from June 24-25.

The visit is at invitation of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, which he extended to the Prime Minister in January 2023 when he was Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations. This will be Prime Minister Modi’s first visit to Egypt.

Apart from his talks with President Sisi, Prime Minister is likely to interact with senior dignitaries from the Egyptian Government, some prominent Egyptian personalities, as well as the Indian community in Egypt.

Relations between India and Egypt are based on ancient trade and economic linkages as well as cultural and deep-rooted people-to-people ties. During the State Visit of President Sisi in January 2023, it was agreed to elevate the relationship to a ‘Strategic Partnership’, the statement added.

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