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India's Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar received Donald Trump at the NRG Football stadium in Houston where the 'Howdy Modi' event is scheduled

Written By Prachi Mankani | Mumbai | Updated On:

US President Donald Trump arrived at the NRG Stadium in Houston where the 'Howdy, Modi!' event is taking place and was received by India's Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar. Before arriving at the NRG Stadium, US President Donald Trump called PM Modi as his 'friend'. He said that he is looking forward to the Howdy Modi event. PM Modi also responded to the tweet within minutes saying that he is looking forward to a great day at Texas. The PM assured that the event will be wonderful. 

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Modi-Trump handshake 

PM Modi and Donald Trump greeted each other and walked the red carpet to the stage at the NRG Stadium. Both the leaders were welcomed onto the stage and the National Anthems of both India and the US were played. This is the first time that both the leaders are sharing a stage together.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had arrived at the stage of the most-awaited 'Howdy, Modi' event exactly 21:40 IST as Houston's Mayor Sylvester Turner and the US lawmakers welcomed him. Amid loud cheers and chants of 'Modi, Modi', the Prime Minister waved at the humongous 50,000 crowd gathered at the NRG Stadium.

Trump's Announcement 

US President Donald Trump has earlier said that he may make an announcement at the mega "Howdy Modi! event in Houston. According to media reports, officials of the two countries are trying to finalise a trade deal before Prime Minister Modi and Trump meet in Houston.

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PM Modi meets energy sector CEOs

As the Prime Minister arrived in Houston for his mega 'Howdy Modi' event, he took to Twitter and greeted saying 'Howdy Houston'. The Prime Minister shared pictures with CEOs of various energy sector companies, whom he met after reaching Houston kicking-off his US visit. The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) also posted a couple of photographs of PM Modi's meeting with the CEOs of some of the top oil companies based in the US. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), after PM's meet, said that had a "fruitful" meeting with CEOs. The MEA statement added that the meeting focussed on working together for energy security and expanding mutual investment opportunities between India and the United States. US natural gas company Tellurian Inc. and Petronet LNG Limited (PLL) of India signed an MoU in presence of the PM.

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