United States National Security Advisor H R McMaster met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi Tuesday, setting the ball rolling for a bilateral visit by the Prime Minister in the next few months, possibly as early as June. If this happens, it will be his fifth visit to the US in three years. Top sources told The Indian Express that Washington and New Delhi are trying to work out dates, much ahead of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September, widely expected to be Modi’s first bilateral visit to the US after the new administration under President Donald Trump assumed office in January this year.
Sources said the US State Department is not willing to host foreign leaders for bilateral meetings around UNGA, since they have already received more than two dozen “requests” for bilateral meetings with Trump. “The calendar is too crowded in September. The objective is to give due importance to the visit,” a source said(THE INDIAN EXPRESS,2017).