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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Washington from New York. His state tour has started from here. Pm Modi was welcomed with a guard of honor at Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC. From the airport, they reached the hotel where they are staying. A large number of Indian citizens were present outside the hotel who gave PM Modi a warm welcome. They raised Modi-Modi slogans.

The national anthems of India and the US were played on PM Modi's arrival in Washington. When PM Modi reached the hotel from the airport, thousands of people of the Indian community present there shouted 'Modi-Modi'. They were welcoming PM Modi by playing drums. Every Indian was eager to shake hands with PM Modi. PM Modi also walked close to him and waved to him.

It was raining when PM Modi reached Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC. He was given a guard of honour amidst the rain. Wearing a raincoat, PM Modi stood up for the national anthems of both the countries.

From the airport, they went to the hotel where they have been staying. There were people of the overseas Indian community waiting for him. Amid the rains, the Indian diaspora was also present at the Freedom Plaza in Washington to welcome Modi. Some members of the community held cultural events, including garba and other folk dances, outside the hotel in Washington DC. Kuchipudi dancer Kavita said, "We are very happy, it is a memorable event. We are very excited about his (Modi) visit," he said.

Dressed in colourful attire, some NRIs carried Indian flags and raised slogans of 'Modi-Modi' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'. Modi briefly interacted with enthusiastic supporters at the hotel and handed over autographs to some of them.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday on the second leg of his first state visit to the US. In this leg of the visit, he will hold bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden and address a joint session of the US Congress. The Prime Minister, who is visiting the US at the invitation of Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, will attend a state banquet on Thursday in which several other dignitaries will be present.

PM Modi has reached Washington from New York. In New York, he led a historic yoga event at the UN headquarters on the occasion of International Yoga Day. People from 180 countries of the world participated in it.

In a statement issued ahead of his visit, Modi had said the "special invitation" by US President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden for a state visit shows how important and strong the partnership between the two democracies is.

The Prime Minister said that since his last visit to the US in September 2021, he and President Biden have had the opportunity to meet several times. "This visit will be an opportunity to enrich the depth and diversity of our partnership," Modi said.

After his US visit, Prime Minister Modi will leave for Cairo at the invitation of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.