New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to have a significant encounter with Tesla CEO and Twitter owner Elon Musk during his highly anticipated visit to the United States, which commences today. This meeting marks the first interaction between the two influential figures since Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.
Previously, Prime Minister Modi had met Elon Musk during his visit to the Tesla Motors factory in California in 2015. However, at that time, Musk did not have ownership of Twitter.
This meeting between the Prime Minister and Musk takes place at a crucial juncture as Tesla actively searches for an appropriate site to establish its factory in India.
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Musk expressed keen interest in the Indian market, stating, “Absolutely.” He further revealed that Tesla aims to finalize the location for its Indian factory by the conclusion of this year.
As per government sources, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to engage with more than two dozen thought leaders hailing from diverse fields upon his arrival in New York today.
This distinguished group includes Nobel laureates, economists, artists, scientists, scholars, entrepreneurs, academics, and experts from the healthcare sector.
The purpose of these interactions, according to sources, is to gain insights into the latest developments in the United States and explore potential collaborations.
Apart from Elon Musk, the Prime Minister will also meet renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, economist Paul Romer, statistician Nicholas Nassim Taleb, and investor Ray Dalio, as confirmed by government sources.
Additionally, the list comprises Indian-American singer Falu Shah, author and researcher Jeff Smith, former US trade representative Michael Froman, diplomat Daniel Russel, and defense expert Elbridge Colby.
Notable personalities like physician and Nobel laureate Dr. Peter Agre, healthcare expert Dr. Stephen Klasko, and Indian-American businesswoman and artist Chandrika Tandon are also scheduled to meet the Prime Minister.
Today, the Prime Minister embarked on his prestigious state visit to the United States, an honor reserved by Washington DC for its closest allies. The itinerary includes a speech to a joint session of the US Congress, meetings with business leaders and Indian expats, as well as a state dinner at the White House alongside US President Joe Biden.
This landmark trip emphasizes the focus on strengthening trade and defense ties between the two nations.