The United States President Donald Trump will be joining Prime Minister Modi in Houston during the ‘Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures’ mega event which will be held on 22nd September. A statement issued by the Press Secretary, White House, announced Trump’s upcoming travel to Houston, Texas and Wapakoneta, Ohio to strengthen ties with India and US.
In Houston, Trump will attend the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event where as many as 50,000 people are expected to attend. “It will be a great opportunity to emphasise the strong ties between the people of the United States and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship,” the statement read.
From Houston, the US President will travel to Ohio where he will meet the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to strengthen bilateral ties.
For the 22nd September ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event, more than 50,000 supporters have already registered for the mega community summit which will be held at the NRG Stadium, the host Texas India Forum (TIF), a Houston-based non-profit body, said. ‘Howdy’, which means ‘How do you do?’, is a friendly greeting commonly used in the southwestern parts of the United States.
The Howdy event will be the largest ever event addressed by an Indian Prime Minister in North America and also the largest for a foreign leader in the US other than Pope Francis. The Howdy event will be Prime Minister Modi’s third major address to the Indian-American community after he became PM in 2014 and the first after his re-election in May. The previous two were at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people.