US Ambassador Nancy Powell has sought a meeting with Narendra Modi which will take place on Thursday in Gandhinagar, signalling an end to America's boycott of the BJP leader after nearly nine years.
Powell apparently wants to discuss with the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate issues related to the upcoming Lok Sabha polls and his vision for the country, sources said.
They said the Ambassador's request for meeting has been accepted by Modi and exact time and date are being firmed up.
"Most likely, the meeting will take place on Thursday February 13," a source said.
The development marks a major shift in US stand towards Modi as it has so far refused to have any contact with him because of the 2002 Gujarat riots. The US has also continuously refused to give visa to him since 2005.
Before Powell's formal request, the US Embassy officials recently held a meeting with some senior officials of Gujarat government, during which the 2002 riots issue is believed to have been discussed among other subjects.
That interaction apparently set the stage for the meeting between Powell and 63-year-old Modi.