Boisterous crowds of Indian expatriates greet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the streets as he arrives at his New York hotel on a maiden visit to the US. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Boisterous crowds of Indian expatriates greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (September 26) as he arrived at his New York hotel on a maiden visit to the United States. The crowd chanted Modi's name and blew ceremonial conch shells to celebrate his U.S. visit which aims to woo corporate titans and crown a burst of investment-focused diplomacy. But Modi also faced an unwelcome reminder of his once-strained relations with his host nation: a lawsuit alleging he failed to stop anti-Muslim rioting in 2002. Washington and New Delhi brushed off the suit brought in a U.S. court on the eve of Modi's arrival, saying it would not affect the visit, which includes an address at the U.N. General Assembly in New York and meetings with President Barack Obama. However, it made for an awkward start to a trip aimed at revitalizing a business and security relationship that both countries consider important, but which has been beset by peripheral squabbles and long failed to live up to its billing.