Howdy Modi event brings together Indian-Americans: Tulsi Gabbard

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The Prime Minister is on a 7-day visit to the United States

Trade tensions between India and the U.S. have been rising with Trump complaining that tariffs imposed by New Delhi on American products were "no longer acceptable".

For the first time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump would share the stage to address more than 50,000 Indian-Americans during the September 22 'Howdy, Modi!' event during the session "Shared Dreams, Bright Future" that would focus on the success of Indian-Americans as well as the strength of the India-US relationship.

Trump's schedule suggests that his meeting with Imran Khan may take place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in NY later this month.

After addressing Indian-Americans at the "Howdy Modi!" event, Trump will travel to OH and then is expected to fly to NY to attend the annual UN General Assembly session.

PM Modi also said that at the High Level Segment of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he would reiterate New Delhi's commitment to reformed multilateralism, which is responsive, effective and inclusive, and in which India plays her due role.

Asserting that abrogation of Article 370 was its internal matter, India has strongly criticised Pakistan for making "irresponsible statements" and provocative anti-India rhetoric over issues internal to it.

Vijay Chauthaiwale, the chief of the BJP's foreign affairs department, told Reuters from Houston that Trump's decision to attend the event was a surprise, but testified to the power of the U.S. Indian community as well as the importance Trump attached to bilateral ties, despite recent trade frictions.

It comes ahead of the 2020 presidential elections in the U.S. in which the influential Indian-American community members are expected to play a greater role.

Democratic candidates seeking the party's nomination for the 2020 presidential election include Kamala Harris, whose mother was an Indian-American breast cancer researcher, and Tulsi Gabbard, a Hindu Samoan-American.

"It is reflective of the strong bonds of friendship and cooperation that has developed between India and the US", Shringla said. "He (Modi) has got a big crowd coming and I guess the crowd just got a lot bigger because they just announced - he asked, would I go, and I will go", he said.

However, in August, PM Modi had used the Pakistani airspace to travel to France for a bilateral meet in August, the first after the Balakot airstrikes carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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