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US President Donald Trump talks with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Sunday. Photo - AP/PTI

A great day it will be: Modi, Trump ahead of mega Houston event

Hours before US President Donald Trump on Sunday (September 22) said he will be in Houston with “his friend” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is holding a Howdy Modi event to address about 50,000 Indian Americans.

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“Will be in Houston to be with my friend. Will be a great day in Texas!” tweeted Trump, ahead of the event.

Prime Minister Modi responded saying, “It surely will be a great day. Looking forward to meeting you very soon.”

According to reports, Trump had landed in Houston on his Air Force One aircraft.

“We’ll be going to Houston and we’ll be at a very nice big stadium packed full of people with Prime Minister Modi,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawns of the White House before he left for Houston.

“He (Modi) asked if I would go with him and I’ve accepted and Were going to have a good time,” Trump said. “I hear its a tremendous crowd,” he added.

Organised by the non-profit Texas India Forum, the event, with the tagline Shared Dreams, Bright Futures, will shine light on the tremendous contribution of Indo-Americans in United States and the strong and lasting partnership between the US and India.

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The cultural programme preceding Prime Minister Modi’s address, showcasing Indian-American artists from Texas and elsewhere, will portray how the community is woven into the larger tapestry of American life. It will involve broad-based community participation across the United States.

The 90-minute music, dance, and multimedia show features close to 400 artists and community members from Texas and across the nation. There are 27 groups performing in a live and multimedia experience that will showcase the diversity in the Indian-American community, organisers said.

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