The Indian diaspora in the United States chanted “Modi, Modi” outside John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Tuesday, as they awaited Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is making his first state visit to the United States. PM Modi arrives at JFK airport Tuesday night (IST).
Several members of the Indian community were also seen holding posters of Prime Minister Modi.
Tight security was in place outside JFK airport ahead of Modi’s arrival.
Indian expatriate Minesh C Patel wears a jacket emblazoned with the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.he told the news agency Year, “This jacket was made for Gujarat Day 2015… We had 26 (jackets) and four of those 26 (jackets) are here today.”
Many Indian-Americans were also present around and inside the Lotte New York Palace Hotel, where the prime minister of India will be staying. Many of them were seen carrying Indian and American flags.
“I’m here to meet Prime Minister Modi and I’m very excited,” a young Indian-American who waited with his parents for Prime Minister Modi told the Press Trust of India.
Prime Minister Modi’s State Visit
It will be his sixth visit to the United States since he took office in May 2014, and his first official state visit to the country. The visit, which began on Tuesday, will end on June 24, after which the prime minister will travel to Egypt for another first state visit.
However, this will be the second time Modi has addressed a joint session of the US Congress. Earlier, he had addressed the US Congress in 2016. On the first day of his visit, Prime Minister Modi will celebrate International Yoga Day at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.