Prime Ministerhas gone from somebody who was basically a “pariah” to someone who is now going to be celebrated in the course of just two years, a top American think-tank has said ahead of his meeting with US President at the White House next week.
“This would probably be the Prime Minister’s seventh meeting with the President since he took office which probably is a record both for Modi and for the President with respect to meeting a head of government from a country which is not a formal ally of the United States,” Ashley Tellis of the Carnegie Endowment forPeace said yesterday.
“This speaks to the personal relationship that the two have developed over the last two years and also the surprising quality of it, given the history that Modi had with the United States,” Tellis said ahead of the Obama-Modi meeting on June 7 at the White House.
During his US visit, the Prime Minister will also address a joint meeting of theon June 8.
“The close personal relationship that has now developed between Modi and Obama is one of the surprises of the last two years,” Tellis said.
Echoing Tellis, Milan Vaishnav of Carnegie said the personal transformation that Modi has undergone is nothing short of remarkable.
“In the course of just two years, Modi has gone from just who could not step foot on American soil as a legal matter to addressing a joint meeting of the US Congress. He has gone from somebody who was basically a pariah to someone who is now going to be celebrated by Washington.