New York: On his 5-day trip to New York, his first since taking charge as Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is expected to make his first address to the United Nations General Assembly today.
His packed schedule includes 35 meetings - he will be meeting US President Barack Obama, leading industrialists and other prominent members of the Indian American community.
The Prime Minister has already met the mayor of New York city earlier this morning, followed by a visit to the United States National Cancer Institute.
Before addressing world leaders at the UNGA, PM Modi will also be paying his respects at the 9/11 Memorial. He will also conduct bilateral meetings with the leaders of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
On Sunday, Modi will address prominent Indian-Americans at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York.
Ahead of his Madison Square Garden address, fans congregated at the spot, cheering for Modi, some claiming that they had been waiting for him ever since he was denied a visa. Organisers also claimed that even though 40,000 people had applied to attend Modi's address, tickets could only be given to 18,000.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently staying at the iconic New York Palace Hotel. Modi's day is going to start with a trip to the museum that has been built on the 9/11 site here- a museum that was built in the memory of all those who had died when the 9/11 terrorist strikes had taken place here.
Also when Modi starts addressing the UN General Assembly session, he is bound to talk about the security scenario which prevails globally. US President Barack Obama already said that the biggest threat to the international community is from the problem of Islamist extremism.
Narendra Modi's speech is therefore, going to be looked at very carefully by all world leaders both on the security front as well as the economic front.
The other important aspect of this meeting is the business of economics. On this trip Narendra Modi is going to try hard to sell the India story. Prominent American businessmen and industrialists opine that India is high on hope. India has assured a lot in the past but has never delivered. What is left to be seen is whether, Narendra Modi can do that since he is trying to position himself as the chief executive officer on this trip.
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