Modi plans trip to Wash­ing­ton for first meet­ing with Trump

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NEW DELHI | In­dia an­nounced Mon­day that Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi will visit Wash­ing­ton later this month for his first meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Trump. The Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­istry said the pro-busi­ness prime min­is­ter will meet Mr. Trump on June 26 to dis­cuss bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

Ties be­tween the two coun­tries pros­pered un­der for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, when In­dia was seen as a part­ner to bal­ance China’s grow­ing weight in Asia. But Mr. Trump has fo­cused on build­ing ties with China, re­ly­ing on it as key to tack­ling prob­lems such as North Korea’s nu­clear pro­gram.

For In­dia, other key con­cerns are Mr. Trump’s de­ci­sions to pull the U.S. out of the Paris cli­mate ac­cord and re­view the H1B visa pro­gram, un­der which thou­sands of skilled In­dian work­ers go to the United States.

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