People’s Man PM Narendra Modi arrives in NY, peace & trade on agenda and not just rhetorics. Describing America as India’s “natural global partner”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his five-day visit to the US holding out an assurance that India is “open and friendly” for business and innovations. The Prime Minister was greeted by hundreds of people who were waiting for him at Madison Avenue in New York, close to the hotel where he will be staying. He mingled with the people for a few minutes.
The Mayor of New York Bill de Blasio, called on the Prime Minister. During the discussion, he briefed the Prime Minister on public housing projects New York City. The Prime Minister also referred to the goal of “Housing for all” in India, and the possibility of sharing best practices for affordable housing. The issue of terrorism came up for discussion, with the Prime Minister saying India has been fighting against terror for long. Mayor Blasio gave a brief overview of steps taken by New York City to tackle terrorism post 9/11. PM’s much anticipated speech in UNGA will begin at 8 pm IST.