In U-turn, US ambassador to meet India's PM candidate Modi
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US ambassador to India plans to meet opposition candidate for prime minister Narendra Modi, an official said on Monday, signalling a turnaround after years of shunning him over anti-Muslim riots.
Ambassador Nancy Powell's meeting with the Hindu nationalist leader would put the United States in line with European nations which have already ended a boycott of Modi amid growing indications that he will take the helm of the world's largest democracy later this year.
A State Department official confirmed the appointment between Modi and Powell, without specifying a date.
"This is part of our concentrated outreach to senior political and business leaders which began in November to highlight the US-India relationship," the official said on condition of anonymity.