NEW DELHI: With Prime Minister Narendra Modi ready to embark on his first state visit to US next week, a number of American politicians, prominent citizens as well as noted personalities from the diaspora are looking forward to according a grand welcome to the Indian leader.
Twitter is already abuzz in anticipation of the high-profile visit, with prominent personalities posting video messages to welcome Prime Minister Modi, who will be in US from June 21 to 24.
During his visit, the Prime Minister will attend a state dinner hosted by President Joe Biden, address a joint US Congress session and hold a number of meetings with various representatives. This will be Modi’s sixth overall visit to the US since taking over as PM in 2014.
US representative Mike Lawler said that he is looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US Capitol and hearing his address to a joint session of the US Congress.
In a video message posted on Twitter, Lawler said US and India have an important strategic partnership and a special bond shaped by their mutual commitment to global peace and prosperity.
“The US-India partnership is one of the most defining and consequential partnerships of the 21st century. Jai Hind! And God Bless America!” the Congressman said.
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said that the Congress will be honoured to attend PM Modi’s joint address next week.
“Next week, we will be honoured to have him (PM Modi) address a joint meeting of the Congress underscoring the significance between the United States and India,” she said.
United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Csaba Korosi said that he is looking forward to participating in the International Yoga Day celebrations with PM Modi at the UN Headquarters North Lawn in New York on June 21.
Taking to his official Twitter handle, Csaba Korosi stated, “I am looking forward to participating in the 9th International Day of Yoga celebrations @UN with Prime Minister @NarendraModi at the UNHQ North Lawn next week.”
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brow said US is looking forward to strengthening the relations with India.
“We welcome PM Narendra Modi to the United States of America. Ohio has a strong Indian-American community. We are looking forward to strengthening the relations between the two countries,” he said.
“On behalf of all Missourians, I want to welcome Prime Minister Modi to our great country,” Missouri governor Mike Parson said in a video message on Twitter.

Congressman Bill Posey said the relationship between the two democracies should be celebrated as his country prepares to welcome PM Modi.
The Indian Embassy’s US handle posted a number of messages thanking the US politicians for welcoming PM Modi.

Meanwhile, Indian-Americans are preparing for a cultural extravaganza for PM Modi as he arrives in the American Capital from New York City after leading a yoga session at the UN Headquarters.
More than 160 artists are rehearsing for the past week to stage as many as 25 cultural programmes representing 15 Indian states. Most of them are dances, songs and musicals reflecting the rich cultural diversity of India.
(With inputs from agencies)

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