Washington, D.C., Mar. 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the United States early on Thursday morning to attend the fourth Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).
This is Prime Minister Modi’s third visit to United States in nearly two years.
He was received at the Andrews Air Force Base by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma and Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Arun Singh.
Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted, “All set for the trans-Atlantic voyage. PM leaves for USA where he will join Nuclear Security Summit.”
Leaders of 53 nations and four international organisations will be attending the NSS in Washington.
In the evening, Prime Minister Modi will be attending a leaders-only thematic dinner to be hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House.
This will be followed by three plenary sessions on Friday when India, along with other participating nations will submit their national nuclear progress reports.
“After Belgium, I will be in Washington D.C. on March 31 to participate in the Fourth Nuclear Security Summit, where several nations and global organisations would be represented,” Prime Minister Modi said in a statement on Tuesday prior to his departure to Brussels.
“The summit would deliberate on the crucial issue of threat to nuclear security caused by nuclear terrorism. Leaders would discuss ways and measure through which to strengthen the global nuclear security architecture, especially to ensure that non-state actors do not get access to nuclear material,” he said.
Earlier, briefing the media in New Delhi, Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security Affairs) Amandeep Singh Gill underlined India’s main expectations from the summit.
He said, “India expects that the summit would contribute further to raising high-level awareness of the threat of nuclear terrorism and the need to strengthen international cooperation against terrorists and nuclear traffickers.”
“We also expect that the summit would help bolster legal, institutional and enforcement measures to strengthen the security of nuclear material, radioactive sources, associated facilities and technologies,” he added. (ANI)