US supports India's emergence as a great power: White House ahead of PM Modi visit

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's arrival to the United States on an official state visit, John Kirby, NSC coordinator for strategic communications, said on Tuesday that Washington supported "India's emergence as a great power". 

"This is a big week here at the White House. This visit will affirm the strong ties between our two countries (US and India) and elevate our strategic partnership. 

We are looking to improve and deepen the defense cooperation between India and USA. We support India's emergence as a great power," said Kirby giving a preview of PM Modi's state visit. 

Kirby added  US believed in a safe, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region with India by its side. "So it makes sense to look for ways to improve our defence cooperation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday left India for a two-nation trip, starting with his first official state visit to the United States from June 21-24, followed by Egypt. He will land at JFK Airport, where a group of Indian-Americans are all set to greet him.