U.S. ambassador to meet Narendra Modi in a thaw

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Old 11-Feb-2014
Post U.S. ambassador to meet Narendra Modi in a thaw

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. ambassador to India Nancy Powell will meet opposition BJP leader Narendra Modi, the embassy said on Tuesday, underlining a shift in stance since the Hindu nationalist leader was denied a visa because of religious riots.
"We can confirm the appointment. This is part of our concentrated outreach to senior political and business leaders which began in November to highlight the U.S.-India relationship," an embassy spokesman said.
Modi, named last year as the prime ministerial candidate of the BJP, is leading the race for elections due by May.
The Gujarat chief minister is accused by critics of not doing enough to stop riots in 2002 in which at least 1,000 people, mainly Muslims, were killed in the state. He has denied the accusations and a Supreme Court panel has cleared him of any wrongdoing.

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