US ends boycott of Narendra Modi.
American Ambassador Nancy Powell met Chief Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence for 45 minutes along with Consul General Peter Haas and other top Gujarat government officials, signalling the end of the US boycott of Modi since 2005. The US government had denied Modi a diplomatic visa and revoked his personal visa because of the sectarian violence of 2002 that claimed nearly 2000 lives. Powell is the highest US official to have met Modi since the visa ban of 2005, though the issue did not come up for discussion in their talks, said sources. Modi welcomed her with a bunch of red and yellow roses, as the diplomat began her two-day Gujarat visit. The US consulate in an official release, however, described the meeting as “part of the U.S. Mission’s outreach to senior leaders of India’s major political parties in advance of the upcoming national elections”. From Modi’s house, Powell proceeded for a breakfast meeting to leader of opposition Shankersinh Vaghela’s home in Gandhinagar, where she also spent some 40 minutes.