Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi before he left for the United States last week.MEA Spokesperson Twitter Account

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for the United States on Thursday, for his five-day trip to New York and Washington from the 26 to 30 September.

This is his first visit to the US since coming into power and being denied an American visa in 2005 by the George Bush government over the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Here is the schedule of his five-day visit, sourced from the Ministry of External Affairs.  

26 September: Modi will arrive at the JFK Airport at 12:30pm, from where he will head to the New York Palace Hotel. 

The first meeting that Modi will have once he arrives is with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday evening.

27 September: The first important point on Modi's itinerary is the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly.

Modi will himself address the General Assembly on Saturday morning. In his statement prior to his departure, Modi had said he would call for reforms in the United Nations, including India's permanent membership in an expanded Security Council. 

"I will call for a stronger global commitment and more concerted multilateral action in meeting these challenges. I will urge early adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda with focus on growth, development and elimination of poverty. As we head towards the 70th Session of the UNGA in 2015, I will also stress the urgency of early reforms in the United Nations, to ensure that it remains relevant and effective in dealing with the challenges of the 21st Century," he said.

Modi will meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and will hold bilateral meetings with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on the sidelines of the Assembly. 

On the same day, Modi will also make his first public address in America, which will be at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday evening at Central Park.

28 September: On Sunday will be the much-anticipated address by Modi at the Madison Square Garden. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the event, being organised by the Indian American Community Foundation. The event is slated to begin at 11am local time

On the same day, the Ambassador of India will host a dinner for the Indian Prime Minister, where he is inviting a large cross section of prominent Indian nationals.

29 September: Modi will go to Washington on Monday, where he will have the most important meeting of his trip, a private dinner with US President Barack Obama at the White House.

This is the first time that the two leaders will be meeting.

Another highlight of Modi's trip apart from his political engagements is his business itinerary, as he is set to engage with the top CEOs and businessmen in the world. 

There would be a breakfast meeting with 11 major CEOs of various companies on Monday, 29 September, including Google, Pepsico, IBM, Goldman and Sachs and several other multinational companies. 

Before he leaves New York, Modi will meet former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

30 September: Modi and Obama will have a second round of meeting on Tuesday at the Oval Office.

Tuesday will be a power-packed day for Modi, as he will engage with the top brass of the US administration.

He will meet Vice-President Joe Biden who is hosting a lunch along with Secretary of State John Kerry. Later, he will meet Speaker John Boehner and the House Leadership in Washington.

On the final day of Modi's visit on 30 September, the US-India Business Council will host a reception for him where he is expected to meet 300 to 400 major businessmen.

Apart from these engagements, Modi will also visit several landmarks, including the 9/11 Memorial in New York on Saturday, and Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King Memorial, and the Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Washington on 30 September. 

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