While the agenda of the meeting was kept under wraps, US said that it is a part of increased engagement with Indian leaders across the political spectrum.

Must read: US defends its decision of Powell-Modi meeting

In a sudden u-turn, US, which had sidelined Modi post-Godhra riots and refused visa to him since 2005, signalled the end of its boycott of the BJP strongman by seeking a meeting between Powell and the senior saffron party leader.
The envoy-level officer travelled to the city for the first time in the last 13 years to meet Modi, who greeted the delegation with flowers at his residence in Gandhinagar and a hand shake.
US had earlier scotched speculation that Modi-Powell meeting would lead to lifting of the visa ban on the BJP leader, insisting there was no change in its policy.
A consular level officer of Mumbai consulate had met Modi after his visa was revoked, but later as his stature grew in Indian politics, the chief minister had stopped giving time to junior officers.
However, business delegations from US were always welcomed by the state administration and had also participated in bi-annual business events like 'Vibrant Gujarat'.
Due to the travel ban, Modi has so far reached out to the Indian diaspora in US via video-conferencing.
Powell will also meet Leader of Opposition in state Assembly Shankrsinh Vaghela, at his residence in Gandhinagar after her talks with Modi.
She is also scheduled to visit NGO Seva outlet and Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay Petroleum University later on Thursday.
Washington has made it clear that it is not taking any position on the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Reiterating that US does not take positions in elections of any country, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said that Powell’s meeting with 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 had said.
In the last few years several European allies have met Modi.


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