The State Department also scotched speculation about Thursday's meeting leading to US lifting a nine-year long visa ban on Modi in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots, insisting that there is no change in its visa policy. (Agencies)
Washington also made it clear that it is not taking any position on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Justifying Powell's meeting with Modi, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said that all relevant people required to take a decision were involved in the process.
However, the official did not confirm if President Obama or Secretary of State John Kerry were involved in it.
"These decisions don't always rise up to every highest level. But certainly, all relevant individuals who needed to weigh in weighed in, and agreed that it was certainly an appropriate meeting to have," Psaki told reporters.
"We are often engaged in concentrated outreach to senior political and business leaders. We began doing that months ago, if not years ago – in different scales, of course – to highlight and continue our US-India relationship. There has been no change in our policy per se. This is an effort in that engagement," Psaki said.
Powell is expected to travel to Gandhinagar to meet Modi on Thursday, the first by the top US diplomat after the post-Godhra riots. In the last few years several European allies have also met Modi.
"We do broad outreach with a range of officials in India and many countries around the world with different backgrounds. And it's simply just an example of that," she said.
Reiterating that US does not take positions in elections of any country, Psaki argued that Powell meeting Modi is not an example of US taking a position.
"We don't take positions. So no, it wouldn't be a reflection of that. It is just a reflection, as I've stated a few times, of us reaching out to a range of individuals from different backgrounds, different political affiliations, which we do in countries around the world," she said.
Psaki said there is no change in US visa policy.
"When individuals apply for a visa, their applications are reviewed in accordance with US law and policy. This is not a reflection of any change. This is simply a meeting happening on the ground in India. It's not a reflection of anything else than outreach to a broad range of officials,"
Responding to questions, Psaki refuted the allegations that this decision of the Administration is influenced by the lobbying efforts of some pro-Modi group and business community in US.
She said that it is certainly not a reflection of anything changing regarding America's longstanding and strong advocacy for human rights around the world.
The State Department also scotched speculation about Thursday's meeting leading to US lifting a nine-year long visa ban on Modi in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots, insisting that there is no change in its visa policy.