Gandhinagar: US Ambassador Nancy Powell on Thursday met Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi in the state capital here.

US Ambassador Nancy Powell. Pic: AFP

The meeting between the US envoy and Modi, widely regarded as a strong contender for the prime minister's post, marks a change in stance of the US which had denied the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader a visa in 2005 over the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Powell was presented a bouquet of roses by Modi after which she and her aides held a meeting with Modi.

The meeting had been facilitated by the external affairs ministry, which had received a request to arrange for the meeting some time ago.