Washington: Winding up his whirlwind five-day US visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi “thanked” America for what he said was a highly “successful and satisfactory trip” to the country.
“Thank You America,” Mr Modi said as he concluded his last official engagement at an event organised by the US Indian Business Council on Tuesday.
After that he directly left for the Andrews Air Force Base, from where his Air India One took off for New Delhi.
“My visit has been very successful. From here I am going to airport directly,” Mr Modi said.
Mr Modi was seen off at the Andrews Air Force Base by the Indian ambassador to the US S Jaishankar and the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal.
When he arrived at the Air Force Base a day earlier, he was received by the deputy secretary of state, William Burns both being unusual for a working visit like this.
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After several rounds of talks spread over two days in various formats dinner and official meetings — Mr Modi was highly appreciative of the personal touch given to the relationship between India and the US.
On Tuesday afternoon, Mr Obama took Modi to the nearby Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. The two leaders walked to the front, appearing to chat.
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