April 17, 2024

State visit

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to the US for an official state visit from June 21 to 24, where he will be hosted by US President Joe Biden at the White House.
  • This will be Narendra Modi’s first state visit to the US during his nine-year long reign as prime minister.
    • The last state visit to the US by an Indian was by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh from November 23 to 25, 2009.
  • While PM Modi has visited the US multiple times during his tenure, none of the visits were categorised as a state visit, which is the highest ranked visit according to diplomatic protocol.

About state visits

  • State visits are visits to foreign countries led by a head of state/government, acting in their sovereign capacity.
  • They are, therefore, officially described as a “visit of [name of state]” rather than “visit of [name of leader]”.
  • State visits to the US only occur on the invitation of the president of the United States, acting in their capacity as the head of state.
  • State visits are typically a few days long and comprise a number of elaborate ceremonies, subject to the schedule of the visiting head of state.
  • In the US, these ceremonies include,
    • A flight line ceremony (where the visiting head of state is greeted at the tarmac after landing),
    • A 21-gun salute white house arrival ceremony,
    • A white house dinner,
    • Exchange of diplomatic gifts,
    • An invitation to stay at the blair house (the us president’s guesthouse across the pennsylvania avenue) and
    • Flag streetlining.
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