NEW DELHI/WASHINGTON : Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump would be jointly addressing 'Howdy, Modi', a one-of-its-kind rally this Sunday in Houston for which over 50,000 Indian-Americans have registered. The White House has now officially confirmed President Donald Trump's participation at the 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston being organized by the Indian diaspora on September 22.

The rally gains bilateral significance as it is for the first time in recent history that the leaders of India and the USA would be addressing a joint rally.

10 things to know about 'Howdy, Modi' rally:

1) The White House said Trump's visit would be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the US and India, to reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies, and to discuss ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship.

2) PM Narendra Modi said that Trump's attendance at the Houston event highlighted the strength of ties between the two countries and was a recognition of the contribution of the Indian diaspora. "The special gesture of President @realDonaldTrump to join us in Houston highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy. #HowdyModi," he said in a tweet.

3) The 'Howdy Modi' event will be held on September 22nd at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas at 10 am (local time).

4) Within three-weeks, tickets for the event is already sold out as over 50,000 attendees have already registered for the event though online registration. The organisers, Texas India Forum, have also closed a waitlist registration for free passes.

5) The term 'Howdy' is a shorthand for “How do you do?", used commonly in southwestern United States. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has previously addressed similar gatherings at Madison Square Garden in New York and the SAP Center in San Jose.

6) The Texas India Forum said the "Howdy Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" Community Summit attendees represent 48 states, coming together to emphasize the shared values and aspirations of two great nations whose partnership is important to global peace, prosperity, and human progress.

7) Hundreds of prominent business and community leaders from across America are expected to attend the event. Over 60 US lawmakers, including senior Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer, are also expected to attend the event.

7) Hundreds of prominent business and community leaders from across America are expected to attend the event. Over 60 US lawmakers, including senior Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer, are also expected to attend the event.

8) To showcase the diversity of the Indian-American community, the organizers have put together a 90-minute cultural extravaganza - "Woven: The Indian-American Story" - that will feature 400 artistes and community members from Texas and across the US. The program will start at 10 am before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the stadium.

9) The Houston event will be Modi's third major address to the Indian-American community after he became the prime minister in 2014 and the first after his re-election in May. The previous two were at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and the Silicon Valley in 2016. Both the events were attended by more than 20,000 people.

10) The crowd turnout is expected to be the largest for any Indian Prime Minister to address in North America and the largest for a democratically elected foreign leader in America.

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