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President Obama welcomes PM Modi at White House, says Khem Cho Mr PM

Washington DC, Sept. 30 (ANI): US President Barack Obama greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House here on Monday where he is hosting a dinner in the honour of the visiting dignitary.

According to Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin, President Obama greeted the Prime Minister with the traditional Gujarati salutation “Khem Cho”.

Apart from the two leaders, the others present at the dinner are US Vice President Joe Biden, US Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) chief Rajiv Shah.

The US President is hosting this dinner for Prime Minister Modi as a mark of respect of the visiting dignitary and also to acquaint and establish a personal rapport with him Prime Minister Modi is on the fifth of the nine-day Navaratri fast, a ritual he observes every year.

The US President and Prime Minister Modi are expected to discuss a range of issues of mutual interest, including ways to accelerate economic growth and bolster security cooperation to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between both nations.

Prime Minister, who arrived at Washington DC earlier in the day, was received by Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns at the Andrew Air Force Base. (ANI)