Modi meets New Zealand PM

Washington, March 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is here to attend the Fourth Nuclear Security Summit, held a bilateral meeting with his New Zealand counterpart John Key on Thursday.

“Not just cricket on the agenda, as PM @narendra meets New Zealand PM @johnkeypm for 1st meeting in Washington,” external affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup tweeted in an obvious reference to India’s World T20 cricket semi-final against the West Indies that was going on in Mumbai on the other side of the globe at the same time.

Modi is scheduled to hold more bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the nuclear security summit, including one likely with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

He is also scheduled to attend a leaders-only thematic dinner on “Nuclear security threat perceptions” to be hosted by US President Barack Obama at the White House later on Thursday.

Leaders of 53 nations and four international organisations have converged here to attend the fourth and final edition of the biennial nuclear security summit which started in 2010.

Modi arrived here on the second leg of his three-nation visit on Wednesday night from Brussels where he attended the 13th India-European Union (EU) Summit and held a bilateral meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.

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