PM Narendra Modi Arrives in New York to a Rock-Star Welcome.

Describing America as India’s “natural global partner”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in New York today on a five-day visit to the US, holding out an assurance that India is “open and friendly” for business and innovations.

PM Modi, 64, flew into New York’s JFK airport on a special Air India Boeing plane on the first leg of his maiden visit to the US as Prime Minister after a nearly nine-hour flight from Frankfurt where he had an overnight halt. (Track live updates here)

Then, in a rare gesture, PM Modi came out of his huge convoy to greet a large number of Indians who had gathered outside his hotel to welcome him on his arrival to the US and were chanting his name. (Read: PM Narendra Modi Steps Out to Greet People Outside His Hotel)

The Indians were also carrying placards with messages such as ‘We love Modi’, ‘America loves Modi’, ‘Indian American loves Modi’.

As he seeks to hardsell India as a sound investment destination and mend ties with the US after a bitter diplomatic row last year, PM Modi asserted that the two countries have a fundamental stake and many shared interests in each other’s success.

India’s Modi begins rock star-like U.S. tour