The White House has issued a statement saying that the upcoming visit will reaffirm the deep and close partnership between the United States and India.
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are set to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi for an official state visit to the United States. PM Modi’s US visit will also include a state dinner on June 22, 2023. The White House has issued a statement saying that the upcoming visit will reaffirm the deep and close partnership between the United States and India. This will be Narendra Modi’s first state visit to the US during his nine-year-long reign as the Prime Minister. The last state visit by an Indian to the US was from 23 November to 25 November 2009 by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
What are state visits?
State visits are visits to foreign countries led by a head of state/government, acting in their sovereign capacity. So they are officially described as state visits rather than named visits of statesmen. State visits to the United States take place only at the invitation of the President of the United States, acting in his capacity as head of state. State visits usually last a few days and include elaborate ceremonies, depending on the schedule of the visiting head of state. In the US, these celebrations include a flight line ceremony where the incoming head of state is greeted with a 21-gun salute on the tarmac upon landing. The White House Arrival Ceremony features a dinner at the White House, exchange of diplomatic gifts, and flag streetlining. Narendra Modi’s visit will include a state dinner on 22 June.
Is every visit of a foreign leader a state visit?
The answer is no. State visits are the highest category of foreign visits of great ceremonial importance and are considered the highest expression of friendly bilateral relations. However, these are relatively rare, mainly to maintain their prestige and symbolic status. For example, according to US diplomatic policy, the president cannot host more than one leader of any country once every four years. Less important visits are classified (in descending order of magnitude according to US diplomatic policy) as official visits, official working visits, working visits, guest-official visits, and private visits. Different protocols are followed for each of these visits. The major difference between these visits and a state visit is that state visits are undertaken only with the head of state in a sovereign capacity (the head of government in the case of parliamentary democracies due to the ceremonial nature of their heads of state) making the tour. Let’s allow. Other visits may be made by various other important leaders including the Crown Prince, the Vice President, ceremonial heads of state, etc.
Are state visits more important?
Foreign affairs experts answer this in both yes and no. While official and formal state visits are the most prestigious, for actual diplomatic work, the classification of the trip makes little difference. Working visits can accomplish as much in fostering a healthy relationship with another country as state visits. In fact, given the rarity of state visits and the ceremonial functions that accompany them, most work is actually done on other visits.