Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his state visit to the White House on Wednesday as more than 70 Democrats called on President Joe Biden to confront the leader on human rights.
Biden and his wife, first lady Jill Biden, hosted the Asian leader at the White House on Wednesday evening for a private dinner during which they had “a great conversation on several subjects,” Modi tweeted.
According to the White House, the dinner featured “a few of the president’s favorite foods, including pasta and ice cream.”
The leaders took in what the White House described as a musical tribute to the regions of India performed by youth dancers. And the Bidens presented Modi with an official gift of a handmade, antique American book galley from the 20th century.
Biden was also to gift the prime minister a vintage American camera and an archival facsimile print of George Eastman’s patent of the first Kodak camera, along with a book on American wildlife photography. The first lady presented Modi with a signed, first edition copy of Collected Poems of Robert Frost.