WASHINGTON: On the final day of his three-day visit to the United States, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Indian expatriate community at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC, following his participation in the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). As Prime Minister Modi arrived, the crowd resounded with chants of "Bharat Mata di Jai" and "Vande Mataram." The national anthem was sung, setting a patriotic tone for the gathering. Prime Minister Modi extended his congratulations to every Indian living in America and expressed his appreciation for President Biden.
During his address, PM Modi announced a significant development regarding H1B visa renewals, stating that the process will now be conducted within the United States itself. Additionally, Indian consulates will be established in two other US cities, namely Ahmedabad and Bangalore. This move will eliminate the need for H1B visa holders to travel outside the US for renewal, benefitting IT professionals in particular. A pilot project is scheduled to commence later this year, and upon evaluating its success, the facility may be extended to L category visas as well.
PM Modi emphasized the opportune time for increased investment in India, urging Indian immigrants to consider contributing further to their home country's growth. He highlighted Google's establishment of an AI research center in India, dedicated to working with over 100 languages. Furthermore, the Indian government will collaborate with the University of Houston to establish a Chair of Tamil Studies, fostering cultural and linguistic ties between the two nations.
Expressing his gratitude, Prime Minister Modi shared, "I am pleased that the US government has made the decision to return over 100 antiquities stolen from India and sold in international markets. I extend my thanks to the US government for this gesture."
PM Modi commended President Biden's leadership, stating that he is determined to elevate the India-US partnership to new heights. He hailed the commencement of a remarkable journey between the two countries and expressed confidence in the mutual efforts to shape a brighter future. PM Modi highlighted General Electric Company's decision to manufacture fighter jet engines in India, a milestone achievement for India's defense sector. This agreement not only involves the sharing of technology but also strengthens the partnership between the US and India.