President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have coffee and tea in the gardens of the Hyderabad House in New Delhi last year. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)

President Obama will welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House on June 7, part of the administration's longstanding campaign to bolster ties between the two nations.

In a statement Friday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the president “looks forward to discussing progress made on our climate change and clean energy partnership, security and defense cooperation, and economic growth priorities.”

Obama has met with Modi several times since the Bharatiya Janata Party leader took office almost exactly two years ago. The president has enlisted Modi’s help in forging last year's global climate change accord in Paris, and Obama visited New Delhi in January 2015 to be the “chief guest” at that year's celebration of India's Republic Day.

There has been speculation for weeks that Modi, who will also address a joint meeting of Congress during next month's visit, would meet with Obama. But Friday’s announcement was the first formal acknowledgement that the two leaders will see each other.