Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Washington DC on Wednesday afternoon to kick off the main part of his first state visit to the United States. Some 200 of his supporters had gathered outside the Willard Hotel in the capital to greet Mr. Modi upon his arrival from New York, where he spent the night.
The main part of the state visit is scheduled for Thursday, when Mr. Modi will be formally welcomed to the White House and where he will hold bilateral talks with U.S. President Joe Biden. The White House also announced a joint press appearance with the two leaders, and said they will “take questions from the press” . Mr. Modi does not normally engage in interactive press sessions on his foreign visits.
Earlier in the day, in what the government sees as an exercise of India’s soft power, Mr. Modi led a yoga session at the United Nations headquarters to mark the International Day of Yoga, a UN-designated day for yoga since 2014.