Modi likely to visit U.S. in September

June 5, 2014 5:18 AM

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Modi likely to visit U.S. in September

The confirmation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States means two things: that Mr. Modi is keen to extend his summit-level approach to bilateral ties past the subcontinent to the U.S. as well, and that U.S. President Obama wants to patch up the damage to Indo-US ties, enough to break with US protocol for a second year in a row for an Indian Prime Minister.

For years, U.S. officials have discouraged bilateral visits by world leaders dove-tailed with the UN General Assembly session in September. This, they feel, puts the US in an uncomfortable spot, as many others of the 200-odd UN countries would try to make a beeline for Washington before or after vis...

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