US Ambassador Nancy Powell to meet Narendra Modi today

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Nancy Powell to meet Modi today
Gandhinagar, Feb 13: US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell will meet NDA's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at 9.45 am on Thursday. The USA's warming up to Modi, who it had denied a visa in 2005 on grounds of the Gujarat riots in 2002, is seen as a significant development.

Powell would also meet the leader of opposition in the Gujarat assembly, Shankersinh Vaghela.

Observers view this USA's reaching out to Modi as a significant development

The US ambassador reached Ahmedabad on Wednesday evening and will attend a couple of events in pandit Deen Dayal petroleum University and an event organised by the SEWA following his meeting with Modi.

Sourcs in the US, however, played down the high-profile visit, terming it as a part of its routine exercise of political outreach. State department spokesperson Jen Peski said there has been no change in their policy on Modi per se.

[Read: Is USA's U-turn a signal of Modi's likely victory in 2014 election?]

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