Prime Minister Modi will meet with President Biden on Day 2 of his visit to the United States | Latest India News
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with US President Joe Biden on Friday during his busy three-day trip to the United States and the two leaders are expected to discuss the situation in Afghanistan as well as other bilateral issues at length. It will be his first meeting with Biden after he became President of the United States in January of this year. Prior to that, Prime Minister Modi had met Biden on his first visit to the United States as Prime Minister in 2014. Biden was at the time vice president of President Barack Obama’s administration. The two leaders have spoken out several times after Biden, a Democrat, became president of the United States in January.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi met Kamala Harris and congratulated the US Vice President as an “inspiration”, a leader who is like a “family” and called her a “true friend” who has supported her. India during the Covid-19 crisis. . “The oldest democracy and the largest democracy … we are indeed natural partners, we have similar values,” Modi said.
Modi also met with the CEOs of Qualcomm, Blackstone, Adobe, First Solar and General Atomics on Thursday.
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Prime Minister Modi also met with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday, which Morrison said was “productive” and as the two leaders seek to further deepen the partnership between the two countries. “It’s great to meet my good friend and great friend from Australia, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during my visit to the United States. A broad and productive discussion ahead of the first in-person Quad meeting as we seek to further deepen the partnership between our two countries, ”Morrison tweeted.
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Prime Minister Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga had a “fruitful” meeting in Washington where they discussed a number of issues, including how to give new impetus to trade and cultural ties. “Friendship with Japan continues. Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @sugawitter had a fruitful meeting in Washington DC. The two leaders discussed several issues, including how to give new impetus to trade and cultural ties.” , tweeted the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
It was also Prime Minister Modi’s first in-person meeting with Suga after the latter took over from Shinzo Abe in September last year.
Top of the quads
A first face-to-face meeting of leaders from the Quad country group – the United States, Japan, Australia and India – on Friday will see progress in several areas, including infrastructure, health and cyber, a senior US administration official told Reuters.
Biden and Modi will also hold a “Quad” summit with the Australian and Japanese leaders, aimed at strengthening cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region amid China’s growing dominance in the region. The Foreign Office (MEA) said in a statement on September 14 that the leaders would review progress since their first virtual summit on March 12 and discuss regional issues of common interest.
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PMs Modi, Biden, Suga and Morrison will also discuss regional security, a senior US administration official told Reuters on Thursday, although he stressed that security was not at the center of the informal group that s ‘comes together in response to the growing power of China. The official told Reuters that the first face-to-face meeting of leaders of the Quad group of countries will lead to progress in several areas, including infrastructure, health and cybersecurity. The official did not provide specific details of the meeting, but said the White House summit “will have a lot to say” on next steps on vaccines for the Indo-Pacific region.
“We have what we call deliverables in infrastructure, on broader health commitments on science and technology on space, on cyber,” he said. “Obviously there have been challenges in India over the summer. But (…) we think it will be important to meet the ambitions we set out at the time,” said the official quoted by Reuters.
According to Reuters, the US official called Friday’s meeting “historic” and an opportunity for the four leaders to speak openly about “modern challenges, their hopes and aspirations.” “We will talk about various things, including regional security, but we will also talk about our goals in education, infrastructure,” he said.
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The Quad summit comes just over a week after the US, UK and Australia announced a security pact dubbed AUKUS that will help Australia acquire US nuclear submarines, a move immediately denounced by China.
Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the United States will end on September 25 with a speech to the United Nations General Assembly focusing on pressing global challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to fight terrorism, the climate change and other important issues.
This is Prime Minister Modi’s first overseas visit beyond the neighborhood since the coronavirus pandemic outbreak. Prime Minister Modi is accompanied by a high-level delegation including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and senior officials. The last time Prime Minister Modi visited the United States was in September 2019, when he and US President Donald Trump, a Republican, spoke at the high-profile Howdy-Modi event. in Houston.