Trump to meet Imran Khan on Monday after Houston event, to hold talks with Indian PM Modi on Tuesday

Sun Online Desk

21st September, 2019 11:20:29 printer

Trump to meet Imran Khan on Monday after Houston event, to hold talks with Indian PM Modi on Tuesday


US President Donald Trump will meet Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday a day after joining Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the “Howdy, Modi!” event in Texas’ Houston on Sunday.

Trump will then again hold talks with PM Modi in New York on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, a senior administration official told reporters on Friday in a preview of Trump’s engagements in New York next week.

Trump is expected to arrive in New York on Sunday night after his participation with PM Modi at the “Howdy Modi” event in Houston where the two leaders will address over 50,000 Indian-Americans.

More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the mega “Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures” event to be held at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Houston.

Following the “Howdy, Modi!” event, the US president will then travel to Ohio where he will be joined by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

On Monday (September 23), the first day of his stay in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, Trump’s first event will be the global call to protect religious freedom, the official said, describing it as a key event.

On Tuesday (September 24), Trump will deliver his address to the UN General Assembly. After that, he will hold a number of bilateral meetings.

“Prime Minister (Boris) Johnson of United Kingdom, Prime Minister Modi of India, the UN Secretary General,” the official said, adding that the president will also meet his Iraqi counterpart and end the day with a diplomatic reception.

The meeting on the sidelines of UNGA will be the fourth Modi-Trump meet in as many months.

The meeting in New York is expected to set the tone of bilateral relationship between the two countries over the next few years.

The two leaders are likely to discuss a range of bilateral, regional and global issues, including efforts to address the growing bilateral trade disputes, potential defence and energy deals and peace process in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan are scheduled to speak at the UNGA. With Khan declaring his resolve to highlight Kashmir in his speech, India is gearing up to rebut him point by point.

Pakistan has been attempting to internationalise the Kashmir issue following the abrogation of Article 370, that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

PM Modi left for a week-long visit to the US on Friday and has voiced confidence that his visit would present India as a vibrant land of opportunities, a reliable partner and a global leader, and also help impart new energy to bilateral ties with the US.