Prime Minister Narendra Modi commenced his significant three-day state visit to the United States, where he engaged with numerous thought leaders from diverse fields. Among them was Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and owner of Twitter. After their meeting, Musk admired Modi, stating, “I’m a fan of Modi.” He further revealed their previous interaction during the Prime Minister’s visit to Tesla’s factory in California in 2015, stating, “It was a fantastic meeting with the Prime Minister, and I like him quite a lot. So, we have known each other for a while.”
Musk expressed great enthusiasm for India’s future, asserting that he believed India had more promise than any other large country. When asked about Tesla’s timeline for entering the Indian market, Musk replied, “I am confident Tesla will be in India and will do so as soon as humanly possible.” He commended Modi’s dedication to India, mentioning the Prime Minister’s push for significant investments. Musk recognized Modi’s desire to support and be open to companies while ensuring India’s benefit.
In response to their meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Great meeting you today @elonmusk! We had multifaceted conversations on issues ranging from energy to spirituality.” Musk reciprocated, saying, “It was an honor to meet again.” Modi praised Musk for making technology accessible and affordable in various sectors. He also invited Musk to explore investment opportunities in India’s electric mobility and commercial space sectors.
The Prime Minister’s visit to the United States, which began on Tuesday, encompasses a prestigious state visit that symbolizes the close alliance between India and Washington, D.C. The itinerary includes addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress, meetings with business leaders and Indian expats, and a state dinner at the White House with U.S. President Joe Biden. The primary focus of the visit revolves around strengthening trade and defense ties between the two nations.